George Best Belfast City Airport ( IATA : BHD , ICAO : EGAC ) is an airport in Belfast , Northern Ireland . There is one runway at the airport. Located near the port of Belfast  , 3.2 km from the city center of Belfast. Short Brothers / Bombardier manufacturing facilities are located at the airport. Commercial operation of the airport began in 1983 .
|George Belfast City Airport|
|IATA : BHD - ICAO : EGAC|
|A country||Great Britain|
|Operator||Belfast City Airport Ltd.|
|NUM height||+5 m|
|Working hours||6: 30-21: 30|
|Annual passenger flow||2.105 million ( 2006 ) |
Source: AIP 
The airport, which was called Belfast City, in 2006 was named after George Best , a famous footballer born in eastern Belfast.
The airport served 2.1 million passengers in 2006, which is 76.6% more than in 2001  .
Belfast City Airport is a major hub for Flybe , which began operating at the airport since 1993 and today is the largest airport operator.
Belfast City Airport is licensed (number P862), which permits passenger transportation and pilot training.
The airfield was created by Shorts aircraft company near its Belfast factory in 1937, the first name of the airfield was Sydenham Airport (after the name of the Belfast area where it is located). It was Belfast's main civilian airport from 1938 to 1939. The airfield was requisitioned by the Royal Navy during World War II . Nuts Corner , the former Royal Air Force Base (RAF), became Belfast's main airport (later Aldergrow Airport became the main airport in Northern Ireland). The Sydenham airfield continued to be used as a military base until the 1970s, after which Shorts began to be used. In 1983, due to increased demand from airlines and their passengers, the airfield opened for commercial flights under the name Belfast Harbor Airport ( Belfast City Airport ) (later it was called Belfast City Airport ), which the airport wore until 2005 of the year).
After major capital investments, Bombardier sold the airport for 35 million ft. Art. the Spanish company Ferrovial ,  , owner of the British Airports Authority . Ferrovial is one of the largest financial and industrial groups in Europe specializing in airport management.
On October 30, 2007, Ryanair opened the 23rd base at the airport. The last route was opened at London Stansted Airport after Air Berlin announced the closure of this route on October 31, 2007 .
- Car: The airport is located on A2, the Sydenham crossing is between Belfast and Hollywood .
- Bus: Airlink’s 600 Flexibus route runs from the Belfast terminal to the Europe Bus Center, next to the Europe Hotel. Metrobus 3 departs every 20 minutes from Sydenham to the Belfast City Hall. Airporter operator sends 9 buses daily to Derry .
- Rail transport: The airport is served by Northern Ireland Railways Translink . A bus connects the terminal with the Sydenham train station .
Development Plans and Goals
As the airport is not far from residential areas, the issue of noise pollution is the main cause of public protests. Airport management has developed a noise control strategy, as a result of which procedures and measures have been developed to reduce noise pollution.
The airport sent a request to cancel the limit on passenger seats that can be sold on flights from Belfast City Airport  - a key element of the 1997 agreement, which is aimed at increasing the load on the airport located in a dense residential area. As a result, local residents created a public organization, the Coalition Against Belfast City Airport Expansion  , which protests against the proposed airport development plans. [five]
At the moment (December 2008), the issue of increasing the length of the runway by 590 meters is being decided, which should allow sending longer flights. 
The main restrictions on the operation of the airport:
- The requirement for flights is strictly between 6:30 and 21:30 (changing these terms is possible only in exceptional cases and only until 24:00).
- Annually, at the airport no more than 48,000 take-offs and landings of aircraft can be performed, including private and non-commercial ones.
- Airlines should not sell more than 2 million seats on flights from the airport per year.
- Most flights should fly over Belfast Loch Bay (currently 54.8%) and not over the city.
George Best Renaming
In March 2006, the airport was announced to be renamed in honor of the great football player , a native of Belfast, George Best . The new name for the airport was George Best Belfast City Airport  , the renaming ceremony, to which the family members and friends of the football player were invited, was held on May 22, 2006 , on the day of the 60th anniversary George Best's birth.
In March 2006 , Flybe announced that a plane flying between Manchester and Belfast City would be named after George Best, and subsequently one of the Dash 8 Q400 (G-JECL) aircraft would indeed be named after him.
- Aer arann
- Air france
- CityJet for Air France , ScotAirways
- Loganair operator
- Aircraft Movements Archived on September 10, 2008. , Terminal and Transit Passengers Archived on September 29, 2007.
- Aeronautical Information Publication available from National Air Traffic Services .
- Size of UK Airports 2006 vs. 2001 . UK CAA . Date of treatment December 6, 2007. Archived March 11, 2012.
- Air Force: Spanish company acquires North Irish airport
- Examination in Public - Belfast City Airport Planning Agreement
- Belfast City Airport Watch
- Protest at runway extension plan
- Best family proud of airport name