Belfast City Airport, recently renamed George Best Belfast City Airport, is a small airport located about three miles outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The airport is a single runway port that handles over 2.5 million passengers yearly. Flybe is the largest airline operating at Belfast City and uses it as its main hub. Ryanair established several routes but discontinued service in 2007.
Five airlines have departing and arriving flights at Belfast City Airport: Aer Lingus, British Airways, Flybe, Flybe (by way of Longair), and Manx 2. Aer Lingus’ destinations include London-Heathrow and London Gatwick. British Airways has flights to London-Heathrow only. Flybe has a number of destinations throughout the United Kingdom including London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Southampton. Flybe also has seasonal destinations to Jersey, Newquay and Memmingen, Salzburg, Verona. The Longair operation flies to Dundee and Minx2 has destinations to Blackpool, Gloucestershire, Isle of Man, and Oxford.
Belfast City Airport has a number of busy domestic routes. The top fifteen yearly busiest flights from top to bottom London-Heathrow, London-Stanstead, Manchester, London-Gatwick, Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Glasgow-Prestwick, Southampton, Bristol, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle, and Cardiff. Belfast operates one terminal for arriving and departing domestic and international flights.
Airlines operating out of Belfast City are required to adhere to a number of rules and regulations due to its proximity to the city. All airlines must operate between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., however, with special permission, some airlines may fly as late as midnight. The airlines cannot offer more than 4 million seats per year, all airlines flying over the lough must keep a certain flight trajectory for 3,000 feet before they can turn, flights departing over the city must head straight for a certain number of feet before being allowed to turn.