Belfast City Airport Arrivals

George Best Belfast City Airport

Address: Belfast BT3 9JH, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Phone number: +44 2890 939093
IATA airport code: BHD
ICAO airport code: EGAC
Alias: George Best Belfast City Airport

BHD Arrivals today

About George Best Belfast City Airport Arrivals

The airport is named after the world famous football player George Best. Belfast City Airport is only a few miles from the city center. About 2.5 million passengers fly through Belfast City Airport every year. Only a handful of airlines offer flight routes mainly to destinations in the UK. The only exception is Amsterdam Schiphol in the Netherlands and Dublin.



Since 1937, Belfast city arrivals have been taking place at the location where the airport is located. The first flight was to Glasgow. It has had several owners over the decades since. The airport also expanded several times during that time with improvements to the runway and extensions to the terminal. However, it wasn’t until 1983 that it was really opened for commercial flights. Finally, a new terminal was opened in 2001. The aircraft routes immediately increased considerably with Ryanair as the main supplier. However, it discontinued the flights in 2010 because of delays in the runway extension. However, a few other airlines such as Easyjet and Flybe started offering flights, resulting in an average of 2.5 million passengers a year passing through the airport over the past 10 years.

Belfast city airport terminal

The airport has a small terminal with some shops and eateries. Belfast City flight arrivals and baggage reclaim and departure area are in the same terminal. Most George Best airport arrivals come from cities in the UK.

Terminal map

belfast city airport terminal map

The airport also has a relatively small runway of 1,829 meters (6,001 ft) for all Belfast George Best arrivals.

Most popular flight routes

George Best City airport arrivals from outside Europe are also uncommon. Belfast City arrivals are often with Aer Lingus and British Airways. This is because London Heathrow is the busiest route. Other carriers you see at the airport are Eastern Airways, KLM, Loganair, Ryanair and Vueling. Other important routes with many BHD arrivals are:

Ground transportation BHD Airport
  • Taxi: if you want to travel by taxi to or from the airport, Value Cabs are ready to transport you further.
  • Car Hire: you can also rent a car. Renting a car at Belfast City Airport is easy to do in the terminal with one of six providers including Europcar, Hertz, Budget.
  • Public Transport:
    • By train: if you want to travel by train, it is provided by NI Railways. You will have to walk to Sydenham train station which takes about 15 minutes. From there you can travel north or south west to the center of Belfast.
    • By Bus: There is an Express Bus 500 that offers a service from the termina to the Europa bus station in central Belfast. The bus runs every half hour and the journey takes about 10 minutes. You can just buy a ticket from the bus driver. If you want to travel to Londonderry or Derry by bus, you will first have to go to Foyle Shopping Center. From there the Airporter Bus travels to these destinations.
  • Premier Car Parking: this parking is closest to the terminal. With a short walk of 2 minutes after parking your car you are quickly in the terminal building to check in or perhaps go directly through security to the departures area. The price is £44.99 per day. However, this will be cheaper per day if you stay longer. For example, it’s £59.99 for 3 days of parking.
  • Short Stay Car Park: 5 minutes walking distance from the terminal, this is a good option for short term. It’s a lot cheaper than Premier Parking at £31.99 per day. Here too, the prices drop sharply the longer you stay. Stay a week for £73.99. The first 10 minutes are also free (please see green area on the map). This is therefore a good option for a drop off or pick up. For the first hour you pay £6 which then adds up to the daily rate.
  • Long Stay Car Park: This is behind Premier Parking. This is actually the most popular option. Ideal for if you have a week or two weeks. Only a daily rate applies here. The first day costs £22.99, a week £48.99 and two weeks £67.99.

Please note that the above prices may change. They are also based on an online reservation through the airport’s official website. The prices are higher if you want to park the car on site.

Parking map

BHD arrivals parking map


If you want to stay close to the airport then it is fine to stay in the center of the city. The airport is just a 10-minute drive north-east of Belfast city centre. Some popular well-reviewed hotels:

  • Clayton Hotel Belfast
  • Hilton Belfast
  • Grand Central Hotel Belfast
  • The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
  • Bullitt Hotel