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Primary school pupils take to the skies over Belfast

Primary school pupils take to the skies over Belfast

Pupils from three Belfast schools enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience thanks to George Best Belfast City Airport’s partnership with Bombardier.

Children from Mitchell House School, St Joseph’s Primary School and Victoria Park Primary School in east Belfast experienced a special flight on a Bombardier Q400 aircraft with Flybe.

The trip, supported by the airport’s Community Fund, concluded Bombardier’s ‘High Flyers’ programme and gave pupils first-hand experience of flight, a subject they have been studying in the classroom.

“It was a great experience for the pupils,” said principal of special school Mitchell House Laura Matchett. “For many of our students, this is the first and most likely the only flight experience they have had. For some it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The High Flyers programme, supported by Bombardier STEM Ambassadors, involved a number of flight-themed workshops, including model-aircraft building, and was delivered to pupils of the three schools.

Paula Bittles, Executive Assistant at Belfast City Airport, added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the pupils to the airport for their flight on board the Bombardier Q400 operated by Flybe. This is a really special opportunity, which allows the pupils to experience flight itself and see the inner workings of a busy airport.

“We are delighted to offer our support to Bombardier’s High Flyers programme. The initiative is an excellent way to engage our local school pupils and, we hope, help them develop and strengthen their love of STEM subjects.

“Similar to Bombardier, we understand the importance of investing in the education and development of young schoolchildren, which is why the airport’s Community Fund has a strong support for educational initiatives.”

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