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Belfast Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Belfast International Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Killead Airlodge who are located at Aldergrove, which is adjacent to the airport and just 2½ miles away from the terminal building. They provide a Park & Ride service which offers secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the airport which take just 5 minutes.

Belfast International Airport is situated 13 miles northwest of Belfast city centre and is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the A57. From Belfast or the North: take the M2 MOTORWAY TO JUNCTION 5 and then follow the A57 for 7 miles to the airport. From the South or the West: take the M1 MOTORWAY NORTHBOUND TO JUNCTION 9 and then follow the A26 north towards Antrim. At Killead turn on to the A57 and proceed to the airport.

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Parking Services at Belfast Airport

At Belfast International Airport, Purple Parking offers a Park and Ride service operated by:

Simply drive yourself to Killead Airlodge which is located just 2½ miles from the airport terminal. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven to the airport terminal which is only 5 minutes away. On your return, give Killead Airlodge a call and the courtesy bus will be with you within a few minutes to take you back to your car.

Facilities at Belfast Airport

Belfast International Airport offers a full range of amenities within its main terminal, including The Quiet Room, which is situated on the ground floor of the airport, close to the information desk and is intended as a place for private reflection. There are train services to and from Belfast, Lisburn and Londonderry that operate from the nearby town of Antrim, just six miles from the airport. Passengers travelling to Dublin can connect with a high speed Enterprise train, which departs from Belfast central station. If wishing to travel by coach, the Antrim Airlink operates Monday to Friday and leaves from the front of the airport terminal for Antrim bus and rail station. There is also an Airbus service which operates between the airport and Belfast city centre and travellers to the airport should board at Europa Bus Centre. In addition AIRporter operates a direct coach service to Derry/Londonderry every two hours. The International Airport Taxi Company is the official taxi operator for the airport.

About Belfast Airport

Belfast International Airport is the principal gateway to the north of Ireland and sees over 4.8 million passengers through the terminal each year.

  • Belfast International is the 11th busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers and is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland.
  • It is situated just 18 miles north-west of Belfast and is also known as Aldergrove. It is the closest all-weather airport in Europe to the USA, and is ideally located for the rapid turnaround and repositioning of transatlantic flights.
  • Belfast International Airport has transatlantic flights, with scheduled flights to New York – Newark, Orlando, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as flights to many major European cities.

The History of Belfast Airport

In 1917 Aldergrove was chosen to be the Royal Flying Corps training base during the First World War. After the war Aldergrove remained open for use by Royal Air Force aircraft and for the fledgling civil traffic to and from Northern Ireland.

In 1921 King George V and Queen Mary visited Northern Ireland and their aircraft landed at Aldergrove. Cameramen and reporters returned to London with newsreel footage and photographs of the event.

Northern Ireland's Special Reserve unit No. 502 (Ulster) Squadron RAF was formed at Aldergrove in 1925, and the first regular civil air service started in 1933 on 31st May with a Glasgow to Aldergrove route operated by Midland and Scottish Air Ferries.

By the end of 1934 Aldergrove was Northern Ireland's civil airport and it was during this year that the first London service began to Nutts Corner. The flight flew from Croydon from 20th August and went via Birmingham and Manchester to Belfast, and was operated by Railway Air Services.

During the Second World War, Aldergrove continued as an RAF base, particularly for the Coastal Command but after the war was over, civil flights were moved back to Aldergrove due to less variable weather conditions than at Nutts Corner. Operations were officially transferred on 26th September 1963 and the first passenger flight to land that day was a BEA Viscount from Manchester. On 28th October in the same year HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother reopened Aldergrove as a civil airport and inaugurated the present terminal building.

The first regular jet service began on 4th January 1966, by a British United BAC 1-11 to Gatwick and by 1969 the number of passengers handled by the airport on an annual basis had reached 1 million.

In 1970 the Minister of Development unveiled a £3million expansion plan for the airport which included the extension of the main runway by over 3,000 feet and a year later the newly formed Northern Ireland Airports Limited took over operation of the airport from the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

It was on the 1st April 1977 that British Airways launched the first Belfast Heathrow shuttle service and on 3rd July the first jumbo jet operated out of Aldergrove on a charter service to Toronto via Shannon.

The airport was renamed Belfast International in 1983 and in the following year the annual passenger numbers hit the 1.5 million mark. In order to prove facilities in the light of the increasing demand, in 1987 the new Executive Aviation Terminal was opened and by the end of this year an additional half a million passengers had been through the airport. Further expansion continued and the new cargo centre was officially opened on 17th July 1991.

On 20th July 1994 Belfast International Airport was privatised following a management buy-out resulting in the creation of Belfast International Airport Holdings Ltd and on 13th August 1996 Belfast International was bought by TBI.

In recent years the airport has been the scene of some significant moments, for example on 30th November 1995 Air Force One landed there, carrying the US president of the time and First Lady, Bill and Hilary Clinton and on 21st October 2003 Concorde touched down at Belfast on its final farewell tour.

By 2004 the annual passenger numbers reached 4.5 million mark and the airport continues to experience steady growth.