Belfast International Airport formally known as Aldergrove Airport is one of the two airports in Belfast together with Belfast City Airport. The airport is located near the village of Aldergrove and is the busiest airport of Northern Ireland and the second busiest of the entire island Ireland after Dublin Airport. In 2017 more than 5.8 million passengers used the airport increasing the number of visitors by 13% compared to the previous year. Since 2008 Belfast International Airport is only used for civilian flights and transport flights, before that year it was also used by the Royal Air Force(RAF). The Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station is using Belfast International Airport as their base. Airports Worldwide (formally known as ADC & HAS) is the owner of Belfast International Airport.
The History of Liverpool John Lennon Airport
In 1917 the airport was opened and was used by the Royal Flying Corps as training area during World War One. Since 1922 the airport was also used by civilians for moving cargo. The RAF used the airport in the Second World War. When the war was over Nuts Corner Airport was build. A new Terminal was constructed and was opened by Queen Elizabeth on the 28th of October 1963. The first Jet service started in 1968. In 1971 a new pier and extra car parks were build. In 1994 Belfast International Airport was privatised, since that time the passenger numbers kept growing and growing.
Destinations from Belfast International Airport
There is a broad range of destinations you can fly to when using Belfast International Airport. Most flights are to the United Kingdom, the top 5 is:
But there are also more exotic destinations you chose from when flying from Belfast International Airport such as: Alicante, Málaga, Venice, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza and many more.
Airlines at Belfast International Airport
The following airlines fly from and to Belfast International Airport: BH Air, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways, Virgin Airways and Wizz Air.
There are also some cargo operators that use Belfast International Airport:
- ASL Airlines Ireland
- DHL Aviation
- FedEx Feeder
- Titan Airways
- Star Airways
- West Atlantic UK
Flying from Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport can be reached easily by road via the M2 Motorway. The airport has four car parks of which 3 are on site the fourth is an off-site parking. The on-site car parks are within walking distance from the terminals, the long stay parking is reachable by bus. If you want to go by bus to Belfast International Airport you have the option to use Translink or an express bus service from the centre of Belfast or the Europa Bus centre. Antrim railway station is around 10 kilometre away from the airport, from there you can pick the 109A Ultersbus to the airport.