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Belfast City Airport

About Belfast City Airport

  • The first passenger flight from Northern Ireland took place in August 1910. The pilot was the legendary Harry Ferguson, the passenger a Miss Rita Marr
  • Regular civil air services did not begin until 31 May 1933, carrying up to 4 passengers twice daily between Northern Ireland and Renfrew, Scotland.
  • "Belfast Harbour Airport" was opened on 16 March 1938 by Mrs Neville Chamberlain, wife of the then British Prime Minister. The inaugural flight was to Glasgow, Scotland. Throughout the war the Harbour Airport, or RAF Belfast as it became known, was home to the development and deployment of many famous aircraft including the legendary Shorts Sunderland flying boat.
  • The original terminal building was a wooden hut which had room for 15 people.
  • The airport was bombed on 3 occasions by the Luftwaffe in April/May 1941.
  • The runway was extended to its present 6000ft in 1952, requiring more than 500,000 tons of filling due to the nature of the reclaimed land.
  • On 23 August 1971 3 large passenger jets landed at the Harbour airport due to fog. The impressive nature of the services received in the emergency led to discussions about the possible rebirth of scheduled air travel from the airport. Scheduled passenger flights recommenced on Monday 7 February 1983.
  • The airport has always been an important centre for military air research and innnovation and on 6 April 1960 was the setting for the maiden flight by the world's first Vertical TakeOff and Landing jet (The SC1), a forerunner to the Harrier 'JumpJet'. SC1
  • The terminal buildings comprised of converted sheds and a wartime Nissen hut! The baggage handlers at this time were actually the airport's Fire Service!
  • On 3 January 1992 a flight to the Isle of Man was delayed because a passenger had mislaid his false leg.
  • In November 1995 Belfast City Airport played host to Bill Clinton, the first US President to officially visit Ireland
  • Following continual development of facilities from the re-opening in 1983 the new arrivals building was opened on July 1997. In 1983 the airport was used by around 80,000 passengers. Currently Belfast Airport fly over 1,400,000 people in and out of Northern Ireland. An increase of 1500%!

Belfast City Airport - Travel

This section highlights the forms of transport available to and from the airport as well as around the City Centre.

  • Short Stay Car Park
  • Long Stay Car Park
  • Taxis
    • Approved taxis' operate from set-down/pickup zones directly outside the terminal building.
    • All taxis are wheelchair friendly.
  • Trains
    • Twice Hourly(0600-1800) Monday-Friday to Central and Glengall Street Stations. Hourly thereafter.
    • Hourly on Saturday and Sunday.
    • Links available from Central Station to Londonderry and Dublin.
  • Buses
    • No. 21 Citybus every 20 minutes from Sydenham to City Hall. Five minute walk from Terminal to bus stop.
    • Direct bus link from the airport to the Europa Hotel every 40 minutes.
    • From 06:25 - 21:50
  • Airporter
    Airporter 6 coaches run daily to Londonderry from the Airport.
  • Car Hire
    Car hire is available through
    • Avis Tel:028 9442 3333
    • Hertz Tel:028 9442 2533
    • National Car Rental Tel:028 9442 2285
    • Europcar Tel:028 9442 3444

Belfast City Airport - Aviation Services

  • Airfield Opening Hours
    • Mon - Fri: 0630 - 2130
    • Sat 0630 - 2115
    • Sun 0630 - 2130.
  • The Terminal Building is open from 0530 hours.
  • Fueling facilities - Capacity 5 x AVTUR and 1 x AVGAS bowsers. AVGAS - 500lts per minute Hours as per aerodrome.
  • Customs & Immigration - By 24 hours prior notice.
  • Cargo Handling if required.
  • De-icing equipment - Note this is by arrangement with based airlines.
  • Restaurants, Snack and Coffee bar.
  • Transportation - Near by bus, train,taxi and car hire services.
  • Medical Services - Limited to first aid.
  • 24 Hour Security.



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