Release Date: 8 Mar 2019

With 2.7 million passengers a year and approximately 100 flights a day, it takes a dedicated and passionate team to keep Belfast City Airport running smoothly and efficiently.
Luckily, we have one of the best around!
As part of our celebrations for International Women’s Day 2019, we chat to some of the women who help to keep the airport at the top of its game, in roles that used to be male dominated.

Louise, Duty Manager


“There is no such thing as a gender based role at Belfast City Airport”

Tell us about your role at the airport.

As Duty Manager, each day is different.

I, along with the other duty managers, oversee the operations of Belfast City Airport across all departments. We are the first point of call in the event of an accident or emergency, providing direction and contacting those needed.

What skills do you possess that help in your role?

It is important to have a good general knowledge of everything going on at the airport and how each team works. In the thirty years I have worked here, I have been fortunate enough to work in many departments – the only one I haven’t tried is the Airport Fire Service!

How does Belfast City Airport support your personal development?

Belfast City Airport encourages ongoing development and growth amongst all its staff. While there is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, we try to find positions that match people. I love to interact with others, so having a job that involves communicating with both passengers and other staff members is perfect.

There is no such thing as a gender based role at Belfast City Airport as it based solely on skill and experience. In addition to all the women who work on the ground, lots of our senior and middle management team are female and continue to be leaders in their fields.

Fiona, Safety and Compliance Manager


“I realise juggling work and children is challenging for most parents but my position at the airport ensures I can be there for them whenever I need to be.”

Tell us a little about your role.

I work within the Belfast City Airport Operations Team as the Safety and Compliance Manager, ensuring the airport meets the regulatory requirements placed upon it to operate.
I co-ordinate the Safety Management System (SMS), such as impact assessing proposed changes, managing risk, auditing, etc. to achieve high levels of safety performance. There is some travel involved at times which provides the opportunity to work with and learn from my counterparts in the UK and Europe.

How long have you been at Belfast City Airport?

I’ve been with the airport since 2005, having spent the first seven years as an Airfield Operations Officer with a wide variety of responsibilities such as airfield and runway inspections, stand planning and winter operations.

You’re a female leader at work and at home - how does your job at Belfast City Airport help you maintain a work life balance?

As a working parent with children of 9 and 7, my role at provides a flexible work-life balance. I work 4 days a week and can do so from home if I need to, come in a little later having dropped the kids to school and stay on in the evening knowing my husband can collect them.
I realise juggling work and children is challenging for most parents but my position at the airport ensures I can be there for them whenever I need to be.

What is the best part about working for the airport?

The airport is a dynamic environment, constantly with new challenges and scope for development so work is always interesting for me. We have a great team of people around us who truly support each other to be the best that they can be.

Rebecca, Ramp Agent, Swissport


“I was initially worried about it being a male dominated industry, but that wasn’t the case.”

What do your responsibilities include?

I am responsible for the turn arounds on aircrafts, meaning the change over between a plane landing and being able to take off again. It is vital that we work quickly and effectively to ensure departures stay on schedule, while also navigating a live airfield and remaining alert to what is happening around you.

What interested you about the role?

I started at Belfast City Airport last year when I was only 19. I was initially worried about it being  a male dominated industry, but that wasn’t the case. The team has made me feel like a member of the family and remains one of the reasons I love my job.

My shifts are on a rota basis, which provides me with lots of flexibility. Getting to spend a lot of time outdoors is great – there is no way I could sit at a desk all day.

The physical activity helps keep me active and has proved great for my health…not to mention reaching my step count every day!

Christine Beale, Crew Commander, Airport Fire Service


“As a Crew Commander I assist with the day to day running of the station”

What does a typical day for you involve?

We are here to respond to any operational incidents that may arise, and we also provide first aid cover for the terminal, so every day is different. As a Crew Commander I assist with the day to day running of the station which includes supervision of routine activities and assisting with planning and implementing of station training. The fire service is also responsible for keeping the runway and taxiways free from frost and snow.

How did you get into firefighting for Belfast City Airport?

I had always been interested in a career change and whe
n the opportunity arose, I was successful! I have been with the Airport Fire Service now for eleven years.

What’s the best thing about working in the airport?

I really enjoy working at the airport, as every day brings different challenges and the opportunity to meet new people. I have made many friends over the years and even met my husband!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My daughters are aged one and three so spare time isn’t something I have a lot of! Time away from work is usually spent with family, but my husband and I are both volunteers with the RNLI, so we manage to fit that in too.

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