New Causeway Lounge for Belfast International Airport

Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomes US Consul General Dan Lawton to the new Causeway Lounge accompanied by Airport Commercial services Manager Deirdre Graffin.

Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie welcomes US Consul General Dan Lawton to the new Causeway Lounge accompanied by Airport Commercial services Manager Deirdre Graffin.

New Causeway Lounge boost for passengers at Belfast International Airport

£250,000 investment in passenger facility.

The newly refurbished Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport has today been officially opened by US Consul General Daniel Lawton.

With an investment of over £250,000 business and leisure passengers can now enjoy a host of amenities to make sure that every journey can get off to a perfect start.

Located just off the main departures concourse the Causeway Lounge occupies an enviable location above the main viewing gallery affording unrivalled views of the main runways. The room has continuous panoramic full height glazing and the new layout makes the most of the fabulous views.

Speaking at today’s launch, U.S. Consul General Daniel Lawton said, “I am delighted to be here to officially open the Causeway Lounge.  Belfast International Airport is a critical gateway for direct access to the United States from Northern Ireland, as well as Great Britain and Europe.  Transatlantic trade, tourism, and investment is vital to the prosperity of this region.   I commend the Airport for making this significant investment in passenger facilities.”

Greeted by a dedicated welcome team, guests can take a seat and spend their pre-boarding time in a way that suits them best. Whether it is to send that final email before take-off, or to relax and enjoy the view.  With high speed wi-fi, computer stations and ample power points, business travellers can rest assured that they will remain fully connected at all times. Families are also welcome in the lounge with a dedicated children’s area to keep the little ones entertained before take-off.

Belfast International Airport Managing Director Graham Keddie commented, “The Causeway Lounge is part of a continuous investment programme in the airport which will add considerably to airside passenger facilities.

We are passionate about promoting Northern Ireland and continue to do so by enhancing the complimentary food menu. A gourmet buffet counter boasts a wide range of treats and bites for guests to enjoy. Featuring food from a range of local artisan food producers, including Fivemiletown Cheese, Dittys Oat Cakes and Punjana tea, you can enjoy a final taste of home before jetting off. 

The lounge provides the perfect platform for our incredible food producers to showcase their products to both a domestic and international audience. This support is hugely important in order to continue growing Northern Ireland’s food offering – particularly during NI’s 2016 Year of Food.’

The Causeway Lounge is open to all passengers travelling from Belfast International Airport.  Access to the lounge is part of the benefits of Belfast International Airport’s corporate card scheme, Executive Direct. Passengers can also pre-book online at or pay at the door. Members of alternative lounge access schemes such as Priority Pass can also use this membership to gain access.


Malta pic 1Travel Solutions expands air division with introduction of new destination

Northern Ireland’s leading independent specialist tour operator Travel Solutions has expanded its recently-launched air division with the introduction of a brand new destination for local holidaymakers.

The picturesque island of Malta is the latest addition to the company’s ever growing range of holiday and short break destinations with three new flight packages available direct from Belfast International Airport in February next year.
The three-night breaks which start at just £189pps include direct return flights from Belfast International Airport, return airport transfers and accommodation with breakfast at the 4* Cavalieri Hotel or 5* Radisson Blu in St Julians.

Travel Solutions Managing Director Peter McMinn believes that Malta is the perfect spot for a short break or holiday.

“We are delighted to add Malta to our expanding list of holiday destinations for the Northern Ireland holidaymaker,” said Mr McMinn.  “It’s a beautiful country, steeped in culture and history and offers tourists the chance to explore fascinating towns such as Valletta which was built by knights in 1566 and the medieval walled town of Mdina, also known as the Silent City.

“Malta’s beautiful scenery and picturesque villages mean that it is widely regarded as a film maker’s paradise and a long list of well know movies have been filmed there, including Gladiator with Russell Crowe, the Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks, Troy with Brad Pitt and Alexander with Colin Farrell,” he added.

“At Travel Solutions, we are always looking for new and exciting options for local holidaymakers and destinations that offer something a little bit different at an affordable price.  Malta fits the bill perfectly,” concluded Peter.

Established in 1996, Travel Solutions is an award-winning specialist tour operator, offering a wide range of air and coach holidays, short and long, to a growing customer base throughout Ireland.

Working with well established, professional transport and accommodation suppliers, the company carries approximately 30,000 holidaymakers annually to an ever growing range of destinations and special events.

For more information on the company’s entire range of air holidays or to make a booking, holidaymakers should call Travel Solutions on 028 9045 5030, click on or visit their local travel agent.

Ten interesting facts about Malta

Did you know…?

1.      The average yearly temperature is around 23 °C (73 °F) during the day and 16 °C (61 °F) at night.

2.      Malta covers just over 122 sq miles, making it one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries.

3.      Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974.

4.      Malta has seven UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

5.      Both Maltese and English are official languages of Malta.

6.      Although there is a well-known breed of dog called the Maltese, Malta’s national dog is actually the Pharaoh Hound, with a sleek tan coat and a profile resembling ancient Egyptian statues.

7.      Many people with an interest in ancient myths and legends believe Malta to be part of the Lost City of Atlantis.

8.      Malta is the most successful country never to have won the Eurovision Song Contest, having come 2nd twice (in 2002 and 2005) and 3rd twice (in 1992 and 1998).

9.      The country has been given the nickname “the land of honey”, partially due to its large production of honey thanks to an endemic species of bee living on the island.

10.  Since 1925 when the first film was shot in Malta (Sons of the Sea), Malta has welcomed over 100 feature films entirely or partially.