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Six businesses are creating 115 new jobs at Belfast international airport.

Eighty-five are full-time positions while the remaining 30 are part-time.

The jobs are in aviation support activities, including on-site food outlets, taxi operations and private charter services.

The latest development brings the total number of new jobs announced at the airport in the past two months to 298.

The job creation comes ahead of Ryanair starting operations from the airport next month with a new route to Gatwick followed by further expansion in the autumn with five additional services.

Airport director of commercial development, Brian Carlin, said: “These jobs have little or no lead-in times. There’s a need for them now as we prepare for a bumper year with hundreds of thousands more passengers.

“Right across the board, we’re seeing welcome growth. Airlines and airports generate jobs and new business opportunities at little or no cost to the taxpayer.”