George Best Belfast City Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At George Best Belfast City Airport we provide tower, approach and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.

Approach

This is a radar-based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 40 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.

Engineering

An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2017

The current tower opened in 1994 and NATS has been providing an ATC service since 2016.

  • Flights: 36,000 (-14% on 2016)
  • Passengers: 2.7m (-4% on 2016)
  • Busiest ranking: 28th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

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Destination

UK’s most convenient airport, and the 6th most convenient airport in the world. (Source: The Telegraph)

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Malaga
  • Most travelled to destination: London
  • Airports served: 23

The Airport

Belfast City Airport was re-named ‘George Best Belfast City Airport’ in 2006 to commemorative the life of footballer, George Best who was born and grew up close to the airport.

  • Height of tower: 13m
  • 1 Runways: 1,829m x 45m
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    Head Office

    NATS
    4000 Parkway
    Whiteley
    Fareham
    Hants
    PO15 7FL

    Tel: 01489 616001

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