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Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerTBI plc
OperatorBelfast International Airport Ltd.
LocationAldergrove, County Antrim,
Northern Ireland
Hub *Aer Lingus *Easyjet * *Thomas Cook Airlines *Thomson Airways
Elevation82 m (268 ft)
Passenger change 09-10(-)11.7%
Aircraft Movements60742
Movements change 09-10(-)11.7%

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Belfast International Airport is a major airport located 11.5 NM northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was formerly known and is still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the village of the same name lying immediately to the west of the airport. Belfast International shares its runways with the Royal Air Force base RAF Aldergrove, which otherwise has its own facilities.

Around 4 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2010, an 11.7% decline since 2009. Belfast International is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and the second busiest airport on the island of Ireland in terms of passenger numbers after Dublin Airport, and is followed by Belfast-City, Cork and Shannon.

The airport is owned by Abertis, the same company which owns Stockholm Skavsta and Cardiff Airport and is concessionary to Orlando Sanford International Airport and London Luton.

Belfast International has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P798) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. The airport operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is not subject to noise abatement procedures, significant environmental constraints or airspace limitations.

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