The Belfast City Airport, renamed for the hometown soccer legend, George Best, in 2006, is a smaller airport, mostly serving short-haul domestic flights, and charter flights, although there are a few continental destinations available. The airport is located inside Belfast, alongside the Belfast Lough. The airport is the 16th busiest in the United Kingdom.
The George Best Belfast City Airport (Airport Code: BHD) is located within the city itself, and can be reached from the center of Belfast by taking the A2 Motorway (Sydenham Bypass) north towards Holywood. From southern and western points, the M3 to Bangor, then to the Sydenham Bypass.
This airport has many flights serving a variety of points in the U.K. and Europe. The airlines available at Belfast City Airport are: City Jet, Aer Arann, bmi, flybe, Euromanx, Air Berlin, MANX2, Flywhoosh, Ski McNeill, Topflight, Crystal Ski, Inghams, and Thompson.
Parking at the City Airport is divided into Short Stay and Main Car Parks. People wishing to pick up or drop off passengers will use the Short Stay Car Park, where tariffs start at $7 per hour. Travelers wishing to leave their car for an extended period, will use the Main Car Park, which costs $20 per day, with discounts for longer usage. There is a shuttle which runs every ten minutes to transfer guests to the main terminal. All the car parks accept credit, debit, and cash. Also, during summer months, the airport sometimes offers half-price parking.
Passengers with disabilities have a special check-in desk, as well as wheelchair access at all entry ways and exits. Also, sight and hearing-impaired guests will find staff and utilities available to assist their needs. All bathrooms and elevators are equipped to handle wheelchairs.
There are numerous hotels nearby to serve visitors. The Belfast Hilton, Holiday Inn Express, and the Holiday Inn Belfast are all within a few miles, and easily accessed.
The Belfast City Airport has numerous ATMs, telephones, WIFI access, restaurants, coffee shops, snack bars, newsstands, diaper changing areas, and a first aid station.
Trains depart from the adjoining Sydenham station and connect to Belfast Central and Victoria Street stations. A taxi stand operates directly outside the terminal, as well as bus services.