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Belfast International Airport
Not to be confused with smaller Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport is Northern Ireland’s major airport and offers a wide variety of destinations with many major carriers. Sharing its runways with RAF Aldergrove, in recent years the airport has grown considerably in size and scope. With in excess of four and half million passengers using the airport yearly, Belfast International is the second biggest airport in all of Ireland, second only to Dublin Airport.
The site has been a military airfield since the Royal Flying Corps – the predecessor of the RAF – chose it as an operational site in 1917, and was used for civil purposes from as early as 1922. It has been a busy civil passenger airport since the 1950’s and continues to grow at a very impressive rate.
Scheduled flights by Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline, fly to London Heathrow, Rome and Tenerife among others, while Bmibaby, a UK budget airline, offers a regular service to four UK airports including Manchester and Birmingham. Other destinations that are reached direct from Belfast International include Paris, Faro, Ibiza and Lanzarote, all popular holiday resorts that are well subscribed services.
Notably, Belfast International is a very important freight and cargo airport and handles in excess of 48,000 tonnes a year with the Royal Mail night mail service being a major user of the airport, and for the traveller the more than adequate parking and on site facilities, due for further expansion in the near future, make it a comfortable and pleasant airport from which to fly.