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Welcome to our Spring newsletter

2013 is a very special year at Belfast International Airport.  We are celebrating 50 years of operation on our current site.  We have lots of special events and activities planned for the year ahead and we look forward to welcoming you when you are next travelling through the airport.

Planning your summer holiday?

For all the relevant information needed to plan your trip, book your car parking and helpful tips for travelling with children, visit our website www.belfastairport.com

Fly Flat Out to the US with United

United Airlines flies nonstop from Belfast International to New York (Newark).

All flights from Belfast offer the opportunity to experience exceptional comfort and space in our United BusinessFirst® cabin.  Relax in a spacious seat, which reclines a full 180 degrees and provides up to 6 feet 4 inches of sleeping space, whilst enjoying a gourmet multi-course menu selection complemented by premium wines and champagne. To keep you entertained, there is an on-demand personal entertainment system with a 15.4 inch monitor and noise-reducing headphones offering hours of movies, TV programmes and music. And with only 16 BusinessFirst seats on each flight, you can be assured of the highest level of personal attention from dedicated cabin crew.

On the ground, BusinessFirst customers can take advantage of exclusive priority check-in and baggage handling, plus access to lounges worldwide.

From Newark, travelling into New York City is really quick and easy – you can reach Manhattan in less than 30 minutes using the region's transit rail network.

If New York is not your final destination, as one of United's gateway airports, Newark provides the opportunity to connect to over 300 destinations throughout North, South and Central America, including the Caribbean.

Flights operate year-round - daily in the summer and five days a week in the winter.

Fly BusinessFirst® from Belfast to New York/Newark between 8 April and 30 June 2013 to qualify for free parking at Belfast International Airport for the duration of your trip. Simply visit the United BusinessFirst desk at check-in to collect your complimentary parking card.

United BusinessFirst prices start from £1,249. To book, contact Thriftway Travel on (028) 9038 9038 or visit www.mcneillworldwide.com

easyJet Scores Top for London

With a renewed focus on the business passenger, easyJet is leading the way in delivering great flight times, on-time performance, choice and affordability to the travelling public.

One of the biggest benefits for Northern Ireland business passengers is the unrivalled access to London.  easyJet's one-way fares offers savvy business passengers incredible flexibility as you can fly from Belfast International Airport to any of easyJet's four London airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted or Southend and return from any of the four airports... so you not only save time by travelling to the closest airport but you also have the added advantage of a choice of flight times and fares. 

Passengers can access London Luton via St Pancras International, London Stansted via Liverpool Street, Southend via Liverpool Street and Gatwick via Victoria (Gatwick Express).

To book visit www.easyJet.com

Terrific Tunisia with Thomas Cook

Tunisia is a one of Africa's most popular holiday destinations and you can fly direct from Belfast International Airport from £299 per person.

Whether it is sailing, diving, windsurfing, golfing or just soaking up the sun on one of its glorious Mediterranean beaches, a holiday to Tunisia would make your vacation a pleasant getaway. When you're in the mood for an adventure, you can take a trip to the legendary cities dating back thousands of years or take a journey across the Sahara.

Tunisia holidays offer everything from relaxation on the powder soft beaches, journeys across the Sahara Desert to scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea and exploring ancient Roman ruins.

For more information visit www.thomascook.com or your local travel agent

Fantastic offers from Jet2.com

3* Paradero Apartments, Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife, 7 nights Self Catering departing from Belfast on 23 April 2013
: £409 per person based on 2 sharing, including return shuttle transfers & 22kg baggage allowance

3* Tenerife Sur Christian Sur, Los Cristianos, Tenerife, 7 nights Self Catering departing from Belfast on 23 April 2013
Price: £454 per person based on 2 sharing, including return shuttle transfers & 22kg baggage allowance

4* Hotel El Paso, PortAventura, Costa Dorada
7 nights All Inclusive departing from Belfast on 27th May 2013 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, including transfers & 22kg Baggage allowance.
Prices from £478pp based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, including transfers & 22kg Baggage allowance.

Topflight - It's Cool to Ski with Topflight and Cool FM in Soll

Yes Topflight's first ski trip with Cool FM was a really cool experience this February.  Cool slopes, cool skiing, cool tobogganing, cool snowshoeing.

And Soll, in Austria's Tirol, was a really cool resort with fantastic skiing and superb conditions and great après ski too.
Why not get planning now for next year! 

After a brilliant ski season this year, Topflight's charters will head out again to Austria, France and Andorra next winter season from Belfast International Airport.

If you are planning your ski trip for next year, and you have a group, please call Topflight NOW - and get planning now- -we know the top resorts - and you can have the best group holiday ever with Topflight. 

Call us on 02897 521168 or your local NI travel agent www.topflight.ie

Introducing the new Executive Direct Blue Card

At Belfast International we are aware of your travel needs we are pleased to announce a new benefit package that will make your experience at our newly upgraded terminal all the more enjoyable. Executive Direct Blue card has been packaged with our frequent travellers in mind and offers the passenger unlimited use of our new Priority Security Lane and 25% discount on our Business Lounge facility plus discounted shopping and eating.  Click here for more information.

Don’t forget if you want to  experience the hospitality of our business lounge facility you can pre book online - click here.

Northern Ireland’s first Maldron Hotel opens at Belfast International Airport

Dalata Hotel Group, Ireland’s largest hotel operator has announced its first hotel in Northern Ireland on completion of a new management agreement to operate the Park Plaza Hotel at Belfast International Airport.  The 106 bedroom hotel today re-branded to Maldron Hotel Belfast joining the existing portfolio of Maldron Hotels and Partner Hotels in the Group.

Great Hotel competition

WIN an overnight stay including breakfast for 2 adults sharing at the new Maldron Hotel Belfast.

The Maldron Hotel at  Belfast International Airport, has 106 bedrooms and is an ideal base for exploring all that the region has to offer or if you’re off to pastures further afield and travelling from Belfast International Airport .  We have excellent on-site meeting and internet facilities as well as easy access to the region’s road network making the Maldron Hotel Belfast the ideal choice for your next stay in Northern Ireland.  Check out the other 27 hotels in our Group at www.maldronhotels.com

To win this fantastic prize, simply follow us on Twitter @belfastairport and retweet this message: @maldronhotels @belfastairport competition.

Competition prize is subject to availability and not valid over certain dates. Competition prize cannot be exchanged in lieu of cash. Competition will close on Monday 15th April at 1700.

Duty Free Collect on Return Service

If you want to shop for presents but are worried about the baggage restrictions with your airline then "Aelia Duty Free" has a solution, their Collect on Return service allows you to buy as much as you want and then collect it on your return journey. Speak to a member of staff in store or contact them on 0044 (0)28 9448 4761 for more information.

Fantastic £5 off offer when you spend £50 - just click here to print off the voucher