Flybe are largest airline based at George Best Airport (Belfast City). Belfast City Airport is conveniently located on the outskirts of Belfast as opposed to the International Airport. European flights from Belfast City include Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.

Other Flybe destinations from Belfast include:
Cheap flights to Southampton
Cheap flights to Inverness

Overview and History of Belfast City Airport

Northern Ireland’s first civil air service began on 31st of May 1933, with a flight between Belfast Airport and Glasgow taking off from the site of the former RAF base at the aforementioned site. During World War Two, Aldergrove remained a RAF base, especially for the Coastal Command.

Full-time civil operations were only transferred to Aldergrove in 1963, when adverse weather conditions at the Nutts Corner site persuaded authorities of its unsuitability. In September of that year the Queen Mother reopened Aldergrove as a civil airport and inaugurated the present terminal building.

In 1969 passenger numbers reached 1m annually, and the early 1970′s as a whole saw the expansion of services and passenger numbers. New routes were added, and the airport terminal was redeveloped and added to throughout the 1970′s and 1980′s; a new Executive Aviation Terminal was opened in 1987 and the new cargo centre opened in 1991, both moves which expanded the airports capacity and level of service.

The 1990′s have seen a consolidation of the growth established in this period, with the first passenger flights to New York and Vancouver added since 2005. In 2008 the airport is expected to serve just over 6m passengers.

Belfast City Airport Parking Facilities

Four options are available for car parking, with a short stay, pick-up/drop-off area priced at £1 for 30 minutes, up to £33 for 24 hours, and £33 per day thereafter.
The main car park, designed for passengers staying up to a few days at most, is priced at £1 per 30 minutes and £11 per day, with each additional day charged at £11.

The long stay car park costs £6.60 for one day up to £66 for 13-15 days, with additional days charged at £6.60. However to benefit from these rates passengers must pre-book at www.q-parkni.com or call 0870 195 9689.
Finally, the Turn Up and Pay long stay area is charged at £1 for the first 30 minutes, £11 for the first day and then up to £98 for the first 14-15 days, with additional days charged at £6. A free courtesy bus operates from the long stay car parks to the terminal building.

Airport Transport links and Location

Travellers by car from Belfast reach the airport by travelling north on the M2 motorway, turning off at junction 5 and then via A57 for 7 miles to the airport. From the North and North West the route is easiest found by coming south on the M2 again to junction 5. The airport operates a 24 hour bus service every 10 minutes (Airbus 300) to the airport from their Europa Buscentre, in the centre of Belfast.

Translink operates a 24 hour bus service every 10 minutes (Airbus 300) to the airport from their Europa Buscentre, in the centre of Belfast. The airport can be reached from Derry and the northwest by the Airporter.
This coach service operates 7 days a week and an hourly service from Monday-Friday.
The nearest railway station is the Antrim railway station which is 10 km (6 mi) from the airport in Antrim, and is serviced by a bus link called the Antrim Airlink, which departs from in front of the terminal building, Monday to Friday only.

There are connections to Belfast, Lisburn and Derry. Trains to and from Dublin are via Belfast Central railway station, which has its own Airbus stop.
Belfast International Airport is located some 8 miles northwest of Belfast city centre, and is served by a variety of land transport links.
The Airport Express 300 (028 9066 6630/ www.translink.co.uk) service runs every 10 minutes between the airport and Belfast city centre (a journey of approximately 30-40 minutes). The bus departs from the front of the terminal building and travels to Belfast Europa Buscentre; stopping at Templepatrick on request.

A coach service operated by Airporter (028 7126 9996; website/www.airporter.co.uk) is also available to Derry/Londonderry. International Airport Taxis Company taxis (028 9448 4353) can be located directly outside the terminal building.

Conference and Business Facilities at George Best Airport

Business and conference facilities are varied, including the Business Lounge which offers Internet access, fax and photocopying facilities, television, newspapers and magazines, and refreshments. Ten conference and banqueting suites are also available at the Park Plaza Hotel Belfast International Airport (028 9445 7000,).

Belfast Town Information

Activities for the visitor include boating on the River Lagan (bookings available through the Belfast Welcome Centre, 9024 6609), take a guided cycle tour of the city centre (through Life Cycles 9043 9959; www.lifecycles.co.uk; 36-37 Smithfield Market) or take in a game of hurling at Roger Casement Park (tel: 9070 5868; Andersonstown Rd) in the West of the city.

Shopping centres include the Castle Court Castle Court Centre on Royal Avenue in the Cathedral Quarter, while meals are available for every pocket, ranging from Northern Irelands only Michelin starred restaurant (Deane’s Restaurant, 34-40 Howard St, city centre, (028) 9033 1134), to purveyors of the famous Ulster Fry (roughly equivalent to the English cooked breakfast, except wit Irish potato and soda breads), who can be found throughout the city.

Popular attractions also include the Palm House and Tropical Ravine at the Botanic Gardens and the University buildings in South Belfast, as well as the Crown Liquor Saloon, Morning Star or John Hewitt Bar for a taste of traditional Irish ales and hospitality.

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