One of Europe’s leading airlines, easyJet has confirmed a milestone for expansion at its Belfast base, with the introduction of an A320 aircraft- the sixth aircraft to be positioned at the airline’s Northern Ireland base.
From summer 2018, easyJet say they will operate more than 32 flights per day between Belfast and London.
An additional 6,000 seats has also been added for routes this winter.
The airline company will introduce a new A320 aircraft which is scheduled for delivery in June 2018, this new aircraft will remain based in Belfast throughout the year.
UK Commercial manager for easyJet, Ali Gayward said: "We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at Belfast Airport. The addition of another aircraft will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the base providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.
"easyJet is the largest airline in Northern Ireland and we have been committed to Belfast airport for over 19 years. We are proud to have carried over 50 million passengers in that time."
Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport, said: "We are pleased once again to acknowledge easyJet's strong focus on developing the UK market by adding a sixth aircraft to their Belfast base.
"As Northern Ireland's leading airline they continue to be a strong supporter of the local economy creating even more capacity and choice for Northern Ireland consumers.
The new series of Take Me Out will include older contestants and men behind the lights for the first time.
The dating show will have a special gender swap episode, with a woman coming down the love lift and picking from 30 male contestants from previous series.
Another special will be specially for over-50s seeing if they can win a trip to the Isle of Fernando's.
Paddy McGuinness will return with the 10th series in early 2018.
"I always look forward to seeing romance blossom among a new line-up of ladies and gents, including the over 50s," says Paddy McGuinness.
"I'm also going to be catching up with the couples who got together after meeting on the show."
Seven weddings and three babies have come from the show, according to FremantleMedia, the company that makes the show.
It's never too late to find yourself a date, so if you or someone you know would fancy the chance to be on Take Me Out simply apply by email Takemeoutspecial@thames.tv or call 0207 691 5163.
At The PR People we love a Sunday Roast with lashings of gravy and the star of the show, Yorkshire Puddings!
But one Yorkshire cafe has taken the Sunday roast to the next level and we are too excited.
Last week The York Roast Co's 'Yorky Pud' became a global sensation after the small Yorkshire cafe posted a photo of their take on the traditional roast on their Facebook page, with the caption "Yorkshire pudding wrap. Who could say no?"
Introducing...the Yorkshire pudding burrito!
The original photo of the creation (large flattened pudding, wrapped around meat, stuffing veg and gravy) has gathered over 30,000 shares on Facebook and seemingly equal amounts taking to the streets to queue for the social media sensation.
Belfast International Airport is set to become the home of a brand new M&S Foodhall on Thursday 19th October, bringing 23 new jobs to the area.
Local residents are invited to celebrate the opening of M&S Aldergrove Foodhall from 10am when Store Manager, Michael Gillen will welcome customers in the store for the first time.
The 2,400 sq ft store will offer an extensive range of M&S’s quality and innovative food and drink, from everyday essentials to everything needed to create show-stopping dishes and desserts. Whether customers are looking for an on-the-go snack as they travel to or from the airport, a special weekend treat or mid-week meal, the new store will offer an exciting range of products.
Michael Gillen has been with M&S for 11 years and will be taking on the role of the new store manager. Michael commented: “The new store launch has been widely anticipated in the local community in Antrim, and we’re looking forward to bringing the best of M&S food and drink to Belfast International Airport and the surrounding area.
“We will be working hard over the next few months to make sure we offer fantastic service, putting our customers at the heart of everything we do and making this store a part of the local community in Antrim. We can’t wait to welcome our first customers through our doors on Thursday 19th October.”
Free parking will be available for customers visiting the store at Belfast International Airport.
M&S Aldergrove in Antrim will be open Sunday to Saturday (7am-11pm) from Thursday 19th October.
Q Radio has held the official opening of its state-of-the-art new headquarters in the heart of Belfast, in a £600,000 investment to renovate and kit out the station’s new base.
Launched by broadcasting icon Tony Blackburn alongside Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister, the opening event hosted guests from industry, commerce, community and political life to celebrate the beginning of a new era.
The Northern-Ireland wide Q Radio Group cites its ambitious growth plans as the reason for the move.
Now known as ‘QHQ’, the station’s brand new home in the Fountain Centre on College Street boasts three on air studios with Axia Fusion digital desks and a customised hydraulics console desk for the main studio, two news booths and a production studio as well as private offices for senior management, meeting rooms and a collaborative open floor space for the sales and support teams.
Robert Walshe, Managing Director and Head of Programmes at Q Radio said: “We’re thrilled to have welcomed so many people to the official launch of QHQ. It marks the dawning of another new chapter in the Q Radio journey.
“Just 18 months ago we took over a former Belfast commercial radio licence, and we’re very proud of the progress we’ve made in that time.
“I must thank radio legend Tony Blackburn and Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor McAllister for lending their support to us and for their kind words on the night, it was very much appreciated by the wider Q team.”
Mr Walshe continued: “I believe that our ambition as a station is now abundantly clear; we want to achieve greater market share across Northern Ireland and perhaps even beyond. The investment in our new HQ is both a statement of confidence in where we are as a brand, and also of intent, in terms of what we are aiming for.
“Being able to connect with our listeners, delivering the type of content they really want to listen will remain key to our success. That understanding coupled with the strength of our presenter line up and our commercial partnerships is what will allow us to continue to go from strength to strength. It’s a very exciting time for us,” he added.
Speaking at the launch, Tony Blackburn said: “I'm delighted to be in Belfast for the official opening of Q Radio’s new headquarters!
“The space is so impressive and the presenting talent is top class. I've been made to feel so welcome I might relocate to QHQ!”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “Belfast is a city that continues to grow and develop, a ‘Global City’ full of vibrancy, energy and vitality that attracts investors and visitors because it is a great place to work, visit and live.
“I am delighted that Q Radio have backed that belief by investing £600,000 in their new headquarters in the heart of Belfast - the happiest city in the UK according to the Office of National Statistics. Q Radio contributes to that ‘feel good’ feeling by broadcasting at so many events across Belfast so I hope that Q Radio will continue to spread happiness to their listeners, not just in Belfast but further afield.
“Q Radio’s relocation to the heart of Belfast will undoubtedly add to the progressively thriving landscape of the City Centre. My theme during my term as Lord Mayor is Global Belfast and it is investment to this level, as well as recognition from a broadcasting legend like Tony Blackburn, which reinforces Belfast’s position as a global city. I applaud them on their continued commitment to family friendly content across their output and wish them every success in their new QHQ,” she added.
Coinciding with the station’s first broadcast from QHQ in early Summer was the launch of QTV, allowing listeners to watch each show via the Q Radio website.
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