Belfast Airports for the British Open Portrush

Belfast Airports for the British Open Portrush

Belfast Airports for the British Open Portrush: The 148th annual Open takes place at Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim, Northern Ireland from July 14-21. Here’s some information on George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International for operators planning missions to Northern Ireland.

Belfast International Airport (formerly Aldergrove Airport)
  • IATA: BFS
  • ICAO: EGAA
  • Coordinates: 54 39 26N / 6 12 56W
  • Elevation: 82m
  • Fuel types: Jet A1, AVGAS
  • Time zone: GMT +1 (summer time) 
Operational Information 
  • Private flights do not require overflight and landing permits if operators are of ICAO member states and possess a standard airworthiness certificate
  • Landing permits are not required for non-scheduled flights, however, landing rights are necessary (CIQ, parking, handling must be confirmed in advance)
  • Open 24 hours daily with landing rights confirmation
  • There are no parking restrictions, however, during special events parking is limited – Dublin is the best alternate choice with good train and motorway links
  • Fuel uplifts are provided via fuel truck/tanker
  • EGAA is approximately a 45-minute drive from Portrush (traffic permitting)
Accommodation close to Belfast International: 
  • Dunsilly Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Maldron
  • Dunadry
  • Hilton Templepatrick
  • Rosspark Hotel
  • Ballymac
George Best Belfast City Airport 
  • IATA code: BHD
  • ICAO code: EGAC
  • Coordinates: 54 39 26N / 6 12 56W
  • Elevation: 5m
  • Fuel types: Jet A1, AVGAS
Operational Information 
  • Private flights do not require overflight and landing permits if operators are of ICAO member states and possess a standard airworthiness certificate
  • Landing permits are not required for non-scheduled flights but landing rights are necessary (CIQ, parking, handling must be confirmed in advance)
  • Limited standard operating hours are 0530-2030Z daily though extensions are possible with prior coordination and sufficient notice
  • Parking will be restricted during special events (such as the British Open) – Dublin is a good alternate choice with good train and motorway links
  • Fuel uplifts are provided via fuel truck/tanker
Accommodation close to George Best Airport: 
  • Ramada Encore Belfast City Center
  • Park Avenue Hotel
  • Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter Hotel
  • Hermitage Lodge

Note: Another alternative is Dublin International Airport (EIDW/DUB) located 157 miles from Royal Portrush with a 150-minute drive-time.

For support with flight operations to Belfast Airports for the British Open Portrush, contact UAS