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Belfast City Airport, Northern Ireland
George Best Belfast City Airport (IATA: BHD) is about 5 km (3 miles) from Belfast’s city centre. The airport gets its named after the famous footballer George Best, who was born and bred in Belfast. Belfast City Airport is a medium size airport and handled nearly 2.6 million passengers in 2017. It’s the second busiest airport in Northern Ireland after Belfast International Airport. The airport comprises of a single runway and one terminal for arrivals and departure. It’s is a major base for low-cost airline Flybe and a base in Northern Ireland for the Irish airliner Air Lingus. Ground transport from Belfast City Airport includes trains, express buses, taxis and car rentals.
Airlines & Flights
Currently all flights at Belfast City Airport are short-haul flights. Flybe is the largest operator here and others include Air Lingus, British Airways, Air Iceland Connect, KLM and Loganiar. Connections on the domestic routes include Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Leeds/Bradford, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. Scheduled flights on international routes include Amsterdam and Reykjavík.
Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the terminal for 4 hours. After the period, passengers will have to sign in again for another 4 hours of free access. Travelex operates a foreign currency exchange desk in the terminal offering several foreign currencies for exchange including the euro and US dollar. There are two cash machines (ATMs) at the main concourse dispensing pound sterling currencies and another in the departure lounge dispensing pound sterling, euro and US dollar currencies.
There are a couple of food outlets offering a nice selection of foods ranging from light bites to full meals. Outlets include Bushmills, Costa, Harvey Market, O’Briens and Starbucks. For shopping, there is the House of Ireland for gifts, fashion and jewellery and World Duty Free for the typical range of duty-free items. WHSmith sells magazines, newspapers, confectionery, snacks and drinks. Other facilities at the airport include two premium lounges and baby changing facilities.
Sydenham Train Station is near the southern perimeter of Belfast City Airport. You can take a short walk or ride the shuttle bus from the airport to the station. Trains depart from the station to Belfast Central Station and Victoria Street Station in Belfast’s city centre. Trains at Belfast Central Station connect with the towns and cities in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Victoria Street Station is the hub of Belfast’s suburban rail network.
The Metrobus service departs near Sydenham Train Station to City Hall in Belfast and the Airporter bus to the city of Londonderry (Derry). The Airport Express 600 buses depart every 30-40 minutes from Belfast City Airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre in the city centre. Approved taxis are located at the taxi rank immediately outside the terminal building. Car rental companies at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National.