The first ever automated Emo Express fuel forecourt in Ireland is opening for business at Belfast International Airport. Drivers pre-select the amount of fuel they want to buy, pay with their credit, debit or fuel card and then fill up without stepping away from their vehicles.
The quick and easy system is the first of several Emo is planning to open in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and is fully secure with surveillance cameras recording at all times. The eight-pump facility will operate 24/7 as part of the new £3.5 million forecourt and retail park beside Park and Fly on the Airport Road.
Richard Irvine, Business Development Manager for Emo commented; ‘The development at Belfast International Airport is particularly exciting, not only because it is our first Emo Express site in Northern Ireland, but also because of the calibre of the food court operators.
‘The site complements our existing dealer network of Emo branded filling stations across Ireland, north and south. The investment at Belfast International Airport is in line with our strategy to have a network of unmanned 24/7 forecourts across the island of Ireland. We already lead the market in this sector with our Great Gas sister brand in the Republic of Ireland.’
Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Contracts, the site developers, said: ‘To have a fuel provider with the track record and reputation of Emo Express is an outstanding coup for us. The 24/7 forecourt will be an outstanding success. Emo will operate alongside the M&S anchor outlet, Insomnia Coffee Company, Burger King, Subway and Chopstix. Passenger growth at the airport and clear consumer demand are driving this private investment. We spotted a huge gap in the market and had no hesitation in stepping up to the mark. Growth at the airport was the main ‘driver’ but we also recognised that there was no modern, all-in-one facility at the airport for people who live in the general area.’
Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, added: ‘The forecourt is a first for Emo, a first for the developers and a first for the airport. I’m delighted with the outlet which adds considerably to the overall ‘offer’ at the airport. Further exciting investments are on the cards as we reinforce our position as an area of major strategic economic importance not only for South Antrim, but Northern Ireland as a whole.’