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4-5. They Did it Nor-Way: Kirsty Johnston Takes a Close Look at the New Norwegian Services from Belfast

6. Work Begins on BIAL Extension: New Food Hall and Fuel Forecourt on Way

8. Holidaymakers Ask for More... Tour Operator Backs Resort Check-in

12. Five Reasons to Visit Fuengirola: Michael Beattie On One of His Favourite Places

22-29. USA Special: Eight Pages of the Latest News and Attractions on the Other Side of the Atlantic

33. Getting Wet Didn’t Really Matter: Nigel Heath Reports from Sri Lanka


LOW cost airline Ryanair, which has just announced a new service to Malta from Belfast International Airport, has reported a 10 per cent hike in passenger numbers in February. The airline says lower fares also led to increase in load factor during the month

Ryanair saw passenger numbers jump 10 per cent to 8.2 million last month, up from 7.4 million in February last year. The airline said its load factor - or how many seats it fills on each flight - also rose to 95 per cent from 93 per cent. Ryanair’ Kenny Jacobs said lower fares are leading to slightly higher than expected load factors in the fourth quarter

“Accordingly we now expect full year traffic to just about hit 120 million, up almost 13 per cent over the 106.4 million customers we carried in

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Ryanair has said in the past it could have 40 routes operating from Belfast International Airport and four million passengers.

Speaking about the potential for the airline's Belfast base to grow four-fold, Mr Jacobs said the time frame "would be over the next two or three years".

He said the routes would be both winter and summer.

"Over the next coming three years would be the time frame we would say it's possible to get to around four million customers," he added. "What it comes down to is three things. Have we a good deal with the airport, the second is have we enough aircraft and the third is it working, and do we see local demand?"

Tragedy of Bahamas’ swimming pigs...

A NUMBER of the Bahamas’ famous swimming pigs have died after reportedly being fed beer and rum by visiting tourists. Seven of the animals were found dead in waters off the Caribbean country’s Exuma Cays island.

Now the government of The Bahamas has imposed a ban on visitors feeding the creatures.

The owner of one of the pigs, Wayde Nixon said that the animals had been given “the wrong food”.

The animals are a popular attraction for tourists visiting the Bahamas who travel to the destination to swim with team. Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas

Humane Society animal group said: “It could just be a horrible accident where they ate something poisonous.

“It could be malicious but I don’t really see why someone would go out of their way to hurt those lovely animals.

“I know there are a lot of silly people that go and feed them alcohol to try and get them drunk but that’s not to mistake them with the tour operators based out of Nassau who have treated them with excellent care.”

A Minister of Agriculture spokesperson said that in future due to the incident “people will be able to take photographs and see the pigs swim… but they will not be able to feed them things”.

Terence is winner of Finnair Helsinki competition

TERENCE BRADY from Balbriggan, County Dublin is the winner of the Finnair Helsinki competition in last month’s issue.

Terence wins two economy class flights from Dublin and two nights for two people in the Boutique Hotel Haven in Helsinki.

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