George Best Belfast City Airport is situated in County Down, adjacent to the Port of Belfast and 3 miles from Belfast City Centre.
Belfast City Airport Map
It was renamed George Best Belfast City Airport in 2006 in memory of the footballer, George Best.
The airport has a single runway and is owned by 3i Group plc and operated by Belfast City Airport Ltd.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Belfast City Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 130.850
Radar - 134.800
Tower - 122.830
ATIS - 124.580
Sydenham Airport was established by Shorts beside its Belfast factory at Sydenham in 1937. The airport was opened in 1938 and the inaugural flight was to Glasgow, Scotland.
It was requisitioned by the RAF as RAF Belfast in 1941, then transferred to the Royal Navy, becoming HMS Gadwall (also known as RNAS Belfast or RNAS Sydenham) in 1943.
The runway was extended to 6,000ft in 1952 and was still used by the RAF until the 1970s and then solely used by Shorts. In 1983 it opened as 'Belfast Harbour Airport (later named Belfast City Airport) for commercial flights.
In June 2001 a new terminal was opened and the airport was sold to Spanish company Ferrovial (the owner of BAA Airports). In 2006 the airport was renamed 'George Best Belfast City Airport' in memory of Northern Irish footballer George Best. Ferrovial sold the airport to ABN Amro Global Infrastructure Fund in September 2008.
As the airport is adjacent to residential areas, the issue of noise pollution is a major source of public debate. The airport has developed a noise management strategy following the making of a planning agreement, under which the airport operates, and has established operational noise abatement procedures.
Getting to Belfast City Airport
The airport is located on the A2, Sydenham by-pass road between Belfast and Holywood.
Sydenham railway station is adjacent to the southern perimeter of the airport, across the A2 from the old passenger terminal. It is served by frequent Northern Ireland Railways trains between Bangor and Portadown.
Translink Metro route 600 is the Belfast City Airlink service, from the terminal to the Belfast Europa Buscentre adjacent to the Europa Hotel and Belfast Great Victoria Street railway station.
The car parks are on-site and convenient with 24 hour CCTV in operation and are close to check-in and arrivals.
• Short stay & Long stay Airport Car Parking.