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George Best Belfast City Airport

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Facts and Figures of the Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport can be found just to the northeast of the city of Belfast and is one of the main transportation hubs for this part of the Ireland. The airport processes just over two million passengers each year and features a single terminal building where all the services and amenities are located conveniently close together. The airport features a single runway, which limits the number of flights that can be provided each day. The airport’s close proximity to Belfast means that noise restrictions have been placed upon it and flights can only operate between 6:30am and 9:30pm. Although plans have been drawn up for an extension to the airport, so far planning permission has been denied. George Best Belfast City Airport is a major hub for the airline Flybe, which offers flights to a wide range of destinations including Southampton (SOU), Glasgow (GLA) and London City (LCY). Flybe began operating out of the airport in 1993 and quickly became the area’s largest operator, especially in 2012 when they dramatically extended their scheduling frequency on certain routes. Among the other prominent airlines that can be found at George Best Belfast City Airport are British Airways and Aer Lingus and these airlines provide direct flights to and from destinations such as London (LHR) , Faro (FAO), the Isle of Man (IOM) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI). Just under half a million people chose to fly to London Heathrow International Airport from George Best Belfast City Airport in 2012 making this by far the most popular destination.

Most of the amenities at George Best Belfast City Airport such as shops and restaurants can be found on the ground floor. There is also a fully equipped business centre which is available for business travellers to use if their flight happens to be delayed. Watching the planes land and take off from the main viewing tour is a popular way to spend time at the airport before boarding a flight. The airport shares its site with the Short Brothers and Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility and a special tour can be arranged upon request.

The Airport's History

The airfield that now belongs to George Best Belfast City Airport was originally established by Shorts just beside their Belfast factory and the airport was named Sydenham Airport after the area of the city where it is located. It served as the area’s main civilian airport in 1938 and 1939 before the arrival of World War II lead the airfield to be commissioned by the Royal Navy. In the 1970s Shorts regained control of the airfield until it was turned over to commercial use in 1983 due to the rising demand for air travel in this part of the world and Belfast City Airport was established, although the name at this time was Belfast Harbour Airport. The airport was sold by Bombardier in 2003 and the ABN Ambro Global Infrastructure Fund took control of the airport when it was sold once again in 2008.
These days George Best Belfast City Airport is the second airport to be located near the city of Belfast, after the larger Belfast International Airport. The name of the airport was officially changed from Belfast City Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport in 2000 in honour of football hero George Best who was born in Belfast. A special ceremony was held at the airport in 2006, which is the year that the prolific football player would have turned 60 and the ceremony was attended by a large number of his family and friends.

Delays and Cancellations - Do you qualify for compensation?

People who regularly fly out of George Best Belfast City Airport may well find that their flight is delayed by up to an hour, especially during bad weather such as snow and fog. Passengers can often get compensation from their airline, up to £480 (600€), if their flight is delayed at least 3 hours. To find out if your delayed flight qualifies, just click the button below and make use of Flightright's compensation calculator. Flightright is a company that helps passengers to claim their compensation as easily and quickly as possible.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
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< 1,500km
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1,500km - 3,500km
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600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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