Belfast International Airport is located 13.2 miles northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
It is sometimes called Aldergrove Airport after Aldergrove village which lies to the immediate west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with the Royal Air Force base RAF Aldergrove, which otherwise has its own facilities.
Belfast International is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and the second busiest airport on the island of Ireland in terms of passenger numbers after Dublin Airport, and is followed by Belfast-City, Cork and Shannon.
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These two flight trackers above from www.flightradar24.com and www.heathrow-london.co.uk/airport display the current position of aircraft over the UK with details of the type of aircraft, airline, flight number, registration, route, destination, altitude, and speed.
The Google map on the right shows an aerial view of the Airport and road map.
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Belfast International Airport
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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.
Getting to Belfast International 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 (109 A).
Regular bus and coach services are available from the front of the terminal building to Belfast, Lisburn and Londonderry. All three bus termini provide access to the wider Northern Ireland and intercountry public transport networks.
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.
Local hotels for Belfast International Airport.