Belfast City Airport

airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

George Best Belfast City Airport (IATA: BHD, ICAO: EGAC) is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland next to the Port of Belfast[1] it is 3 mi (5 km) from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft making area. The airport began commercial operations in 1983.

George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerABN Amro
OperatorBelfast City Airport Ltd.
LocationPort of Belfast
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 6,001 1,829 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passenger change 10-11Decrease12.5%
Aircraft Movements41,844
Movements change 10-11Increase3.8%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

The airport was known as "Belfast City Airport" until it was renamed in 2006 in memory of George Best, the professional footballer from Belfast, best known for his time with Manchester United.

The airport gets over 2.7 million passengers in 2010, a record total for the airport, though the total fell by 12.5% to 2.4 million in 2011.[2]

The airport is a major base for Flybe, which began services at the airport in 1993 and is now the largest operator at Belfast City.

Belfast City has a CAA public use aerodrome licence (number P862) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.