Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located 24 kilometers from the city of Belfast, and is one of the busiest airports in Northern Ireland, due to the servicing of both domestic and international flights. In 2016, Belfast International Airport served 5 million 147 thousand passengers, increasing this indicator compared to 2015 by 15%.


In 1917, on the territory of the current Belfast International Airport, a runway was introduced, the main purpose of which was to train military pilots, which was due to the ongoing World War I.

Beginning in 1922, the first civilian air transportation began to be carried out here, moreover, we are talking more about the transportation of goods and mail, rather than the transportation of passengers, which was due to the lack of suitable aircraft.

Since 1933, the first regular passenger flights began to be operated from Belfast Airport, however, with the onset of World War II, the airport began to be operated by the military.

Beginning in 1946, Belfast Airport resumed its civilian activities, and by the mid-1950s, quite an active movement of aircraft was observed here.

In the early 70s of the last century, a large-scale modernization was made at Belfast Airport, which made it possible to receive large aircraft and serve more passengers., And at about the same time, the air harbor was given the status of an international airport, which allowed to expand the route network.

By 1996, the volume of passengers served at Belfast International Airport had grown significantly and amounted to 2.5 million people.

At the end of 2016, Belfast International Airport served more than 5.14 million passengers, and already in 2018, this figure is planned to be increased to 6 million people.

Belfast International Airport has two runways:

  • Asphalt runway, length 1891 meters;
  • Asphalt runway with a length of 2780 meters.

The air harbor can receive aircraft of the 3-4 class, and thanks to the presence of helipads, serve helicopters of all types.


Belfast International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, in particular, on the territory of the air harbor you can find:

  • Banks, ATMs, payment terminals, currency exchange;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Retail stores;
  • Duty-free shops;
  • Cafes, restaurants and catering places;
  • Pharmacy
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Places for storage and packaging of luggage;
  • Car parking;
  • A taxi rank and public transport;
  • Ticket offices and representative offices of air carriers;
  • VIP service room, etc.

There is no hotel at the Belfast Airport, due to the proximity of the air harbor to the city.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: United Kingdom.
  • The main airport in Northern Ireland, the former name is AldergroveAirport.
  • Year established Airport: 1922.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): +1/0.
  • Latitude geographic 54.66, longitude geographic -6.22.
  • The geographical location of the airport: 21 kilometers in the direction of the northwest of the city of Belfast.
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