We Made Right Old Bollards of Airport Parking; VICTORY MIRROR FOR IN CAR ROW AT BELFAST CITY

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We Made Right Old Bollards of Airport Parking; VICTORY MIRROR FOR IN CAR ROW AT BELFAST CITY


Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

THE Daily Mirror scored a victory for weary air passengers yesterday after Belfast City Airport bosses caved in over chaotic parking rules.

Hundreds of readers backed our campaign for improved pick-up and drop-off facilities at the airport.

And yesterday its chief executive, Brian Ambrose, admitted: "You were right and we were wrong."

Dozens of metal bollards have now been ripped up so drivers can collect and drop off passengers.

Mr Ambrose said: "Following a review of procedures the zones outside the terminal have been re-opened.

"This review has been ongoing and the decision has been made following a number of comments from our customers and Daily Mirror readers.

"As is the case at all UK airports, security measures apply in this area. Drivers are permitted to set down and pick up passengers but they cannot park there.

"Belfast City Airport is constantly seeking to improve standards and maintains an open-door policy for those customers with concerns."

Travellers yesterday praised the airport chief for backing down.

Jonty Bell, 44, a businessman from Bangor, Co Down, said: "Normally it's a bit of a scramble with people competing a for a small space just to get dropped off. But the bollards have gone now and there's twice the space. …

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