Belfast International Airport is located 13.2 miles northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Belfast Airport Map
It is sometimes called Aldergrove Airport after the nearby Aldergrove village. Belfast International was previously shared with the Royal Air Force base RAF Aldergrove which closed in 2008, and is now known as Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station, Aldergrove, and both runways are now owned by the airport.
Belfast International is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and the 10th-busiest airport in the UK by passenger traffic in 2020.
The airport is owned and operated by VINCI Airports which was previously owned by ADC & HAS.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Belfast Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 128.500, 278.350
Radar/Dir - 120.900
Tower - 118.300
Ground - 121.750
ATIS - 128.200
The Royal Flying Corps were based at the site of this airport in 1917 during WWI and it was used as a training base and was later used by the newly formed Royal Air Force.
Civilian aircraft began flying in 1922 and a regular civil air service started in 1933.
During WWII, Aldergrove remained an RAF base and mainly used by Coastal Command. The four existing runways were replaced by two long paved runways for operating large, long-range aircraft.
In 1963, more civil flights were moved to Aldergrove to take advantage of the large airfield. In 1971, Northern Ireland Airports Limited was formed to operate and develop the airport and facilities. The airport was renamed Belfast International in 1983 and the airport was regularly accommodating the largest civil aircraft in service.
EasyJet started operations in 1998 and the airline has established a large base at this airport. Later, Continental Airlines operated a service and Aer Lingus opened a base at Belfast International. In February 2015 the airport re-opened the viewing gallery that had been closed for 10 years, it provides a view of the apron and the runways that serve the airport.
In July 2013, it was confirmed that abertis would sell Belfast International Airport, Stockholm Skavsta Airport & Orlando Sanford International Airport to ADC & HAS based in the United States.
In April 2018, Vinci Airports, a subsidiary of Vinci SA, acquired an airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide (previously named ADC & HAS), with the transaction expected to close later that year, Vinci Airports became the new owner of Belfast International Airport.
Getting to Belfast Airport
Belfast International Airport is situated just 18 miles north-west of Belfast and is easily accessed via the major road and motorway network (M2). The Sat Nav postcode is BT29 4AB
(if directed to Crumlin, exit via the Nutts Corner Road and follow the signs to Belfast International Airport).
The nearest railway station is the Antrim railway station which is 6.2 miles from the airport in Antrim, and is serviced by a bus link called the Antrim Airlink (109A).
Translink operates an express bus service 300 to the airport from its Europa Buscentre in Belfast City Centre. This runs 24 hours a day, every 15 minutes at peak times. Translink also offers bus connections to Antrim railway station.
The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby.
There are 8,000 carparking spaces outside the terminal entrance. Belfast International Airport offer an excellent value parking solution for everyone, regardless of length of stay. The Short Stay and Main car parks at the airport are situated within easy walking distance of the terminal building, and a courtesy bus operates to and from the Long Stay car park.
• Car Parking
• Drop off & Pick up