George Best Belfast City Airport is owned by Eiser Infrastructure Fund. It is a regional airport serving a range of destinations, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland. Situated on the south shore of Belfast Lough adjacent to the A2, one of the main arterial routes into the city, the airport has grown significantly in recent years and is a key strategic gateway to the province. Within a few minutes drive of Belfast city centre, GBBCA currently caters for over 2.5 million passengers per year, representing approximately 40% of the scheduled domestic air traffic to and from Northern Ireland.
GBBCA first opened as a commercial airport in 1938 and was launched as the Harbour Airport for commercial traffic in 1983. The new terminal opened in June 2001 and in 2005 there were just over 2,200,000 passengers through the terminal. In 2008 GBBCA celebrated its 25th anniversary in business and its proud association with the local community.
Today, our primary market is the short haul scheduled services sector and there are no plans to be targeting the long haul passenger markets. Our core catchment area accounts for 54% of the Northern Ireland population and our business passengers account for 65% of our market.