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      Monday 17 Aug 2009

      Management at George Best Belfast City Airport today spoke of their delight as two of their partner airlines won a major public sector contract.

      Following an EU compliant tender process, bmi and flybe were two of three airlines to secure the Government Air Programme deal which will see local civil servants enjoy cheaper flights between Northern Ireland and the UK Mainland while on official business.

      The programme will enable UK public sector staff to take advantage of fare deals negotiated by Buying Solutions, an executive agency of the Office of Government Commerce on the most frequently used routes. Congratulating bmi and flybe, Katy Best Business Development Director at George Best Belfast City Airport, said:

      "We are delighted that two of our airlines were successful.  This is futher evidence of the quality of service and value for money provided by the City Airport and our airlines.

      "For many years civil servants and the business community have preferred to fly from the Belfast City due to our accessible location and our world class facilities and we're delighted this will continue.

      "We are constantly enhancing the customer experience and are currently undergoing a £6 million terminal reconfiguration."

      The new development will include the relocation of the departure lounge to the first floor, whilst the retail, food and beverage offering airside will increase by a massive 60 per cent.

      "Security search facilities will also be enhanced to further cut queuing times during the work which will be completed early 2010," continued Katy Best.

      The two routes from George Best Belfast City Airport included in the initiative are bmi to London Heathrow and flybe to London Gatwick and its regional network of UK destinations.

      For more information on the fantastic flight offers available at bmi and flybe, visit and respectively.