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Airline boss's overnight invite
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Ryanair says it has plans to make Belfast one of its operations bases
A Holywood woman has said Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary should spend a night at her house.

Nicola Marks was speaking after it was announced that George Best Belfast City Airport wants to extend its runway.

This is to allow Ryanair to fly to more European destinations from the airport, which is located in east Belfast.

"When my children were wee I had to bring them downstairs. Due to the noise they couldn't get to sleep at night," said Ms Marks.

"I don't think he'd like to live here. There are already flights after 9pm at night and they're in a queue."

The Couty Down woman said that any increase in services should be through the more rural Belfast International Airport.

As well as three previously announced European routes, Ryanair has said it would be offering four daily flights to London Stansted at the George Best Belfast City Airport.

However, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary says this is dependent on the changes to the runway.

Mr O'Leary added that residents who fear further annoyance should be aware of the new quieter aircraft his company plans to use.

'Brand new'

"Ryanair will fly in here with the brand new Boeing 737-800 series aircraft," he said.

"This is the quietest, most fuel efficient aircraft flying in Europe today."

Ryanair says it plans to make Belfast one of its operations bases, something which could see new jobs created.

A judicial review of a cap on the total number of passengers that can travel through George Best Belfast City Airport is due to take place soon.


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