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Belfast City Airport
Belfast City Airport, now known as George Best Belfast City Airport after the legendary Northern Irish footballer, is close to the city of Belfast in the port area. Just two miles to the city centre makes this a very closely located airport, and one that is very convenient for users
The airport is showing increasing usage numbers with over two and a half million passengers through the gates in 2009, and is the home base for Flybe, a provincial airline that has many destinations available from the airport.
The airport was established by the Short Brothers aircraft company in the 1930’s and still shares the site with the maker of short haul aeroplanes that are used the world over, and was used by the military from the Second World War until the 1970’s. It opened for commercial flights in 1983.
Belfast City Airport is one of several BAA airports in the UK and has benefited from major investment in recent years, and the budget airline Ryanair has a major base there and flies to many domestic and international destinations. Regular flights to London Heathrow – by BMI – and overseas destinations such as Paris Charles de Gaulle are commonplace, as are flights to many of the UK’s provincial airports for connecting flights to far flung locations.
Easy to reach from all of Northern Ireland by excellent road and rail links and with excellent on site facilities, Belfast City Airport is set for further expansion in future years, although clearly limited by the city location.