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Basic info and car hire in Belfast International Airport

  • IATA airport code: BFS

  • ICAO airport code: EGAA

  • Full name: Belfast International Airport

  • Location: 13 mi or 21 km northwest from Belfast

  • Hub for: easyJet

  • Website: www.belfastairport.com

  • Contact: +44 28 9448 4848

  • Elevation:  268 ft / 82 m

  • Number of runways: 2

About Belfast International Airport

The biggest airport in Northern Ireland was once officially named and is in present still known as Aldregrove airport. More than 5 million passengers arrive at this second busiest airport on the Island. Initially built for military purposes in 1917, it underwent constant development and reconstructions, but it was only in the seventies that serious investments started to transform the airport into a modern airline stop, as it is today. The most frequent route from the airport is to London(Gatwick) and Liverpool airports, and there are no direct flights to other continents. The airport has few car parks and a bus connection to the Antrim railway station. Many car hire agencies will offer their car rental at Belfast airport to simplify your travel in Northern Ireland, as well.

Drive your rental car around Belfast International Airport

Northern Ireland is still rather mysterious and not so touristy location – make sure to appreciate it. Staying in Belfast city is a must, find a lodging with a parking, leave your car hire there and discover the city centre by foot.  You will quickly notice the amazing murals, if you fancy, take a mural tour with Belfast Mural Tours to discover the enticing story behind them. We warmly recommend watching a film at the Queen’s Film Theatre, where you will see only the best independent new and classic films from all around the world. Enjoy a day in the Belfast’s old town and if you have enough time on your hand, see the Titanic museum, its heart-breaking story is so vividly displayed you will not be able to recover soon. To change the atmosphere a bit, pack your lunch bags, take your family and set out on a daily trip. A car hire in Belfast will come in handy, Lisburn and Castlereagh are just a short  drive away.

Services in Belfast International Airport


Feel just like in your own office, the Business lounge in Belfast airport serves fresh coffee, gives you privacy and calm to finish off or catch up with any work you need to attend to.


There are many cafés and restaurants, if you or your family members get hungry. If travelling with the youngsters, a baby change facility area is at your reach by the toilets. The airport is easy to get around and comfortable even for bigger families.


Belfast airport has everything for the last-minute travellers, there’s the currency exchange office and ATM’s, information desk to arrange a transport or a hotel stay, and shops around the area to buy a souvenir on your way back home. There are signalised areas for smokers outside the airport, and there is a 2-hour free WIFI on the airport as well.

History of Belfast International Airport

The airport opened in 1917 to serve the Royal Flying Corps trainings during the First Wold War. After the war however, it opened to civil traffic and being a strategic object, the RAF unit was formed there. Due to the unsteady weather conditions, the airport was opened only in 1963 for civil purposes (Nutts Corner airport was used from 1946 to 1963). It was in 1983 that its name changed from Aldergrove to Belfast International and in 1999 that the annual passenger numbers reached 3 million. Finally, in 2010 the terminal works were done, making Belfast International a modern and functional airport.

Petrol stations near Belfast International Airport

You can stop by at the Airport Road Service station if you’re returning your car hire from south, north from the airport you can chose from BP and Maxol service Stations just few kilometres from the airport itself.