Release Date: 12 Jun 2016

George Best Belfast City Airport has again displayed its support for Northern Ireland at the Euros by changing its name for the day in honour of the team’s star striker.

For one day only (Sunday, 12th June), the airport has become the Kyle Lafferty Belfast City Airport in a historic move ahead of Michael O’Neill’s men kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland in Nice this evening.

Signage at the City Airport’s terminal roof and at the entrance has been changed to honour the star striker, while the branding on the airport’s website and digital platforms has also been amended.

A spokesperson for the airport said:

“The excitement surrounding the Euros has been palpable around the airport since we gave the team that eye-catching green and white water canon salute as they departed.

“The City Airport is very much part of the fabric of the community and by renaming the airport for the day we are joining members of the Green and White Army at home and in France in sending a huge message of support to Kyle and his team-mates for the Euros.

“We also wanted to show our support for our airline partner Flybe, which is laying on special charters for Northern Ireland fans travelling to France for the matches.

“George Best was one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen and we hope that this name change for the day will help inspire Kyle to glory against Poland and in the rest of the tournament.

“Who knows – we may see other major airports across Europe following suit and renaming in honour of one of their own footballing stars.”

The airport’s new Kyle Lafferty-inspired digital branding can be found at the Belfast City Airport’s website (, Facebook ( and Twitter @BelfastCity_Air

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