Belfast George Best City Airport
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- George Best Belfast City Airport
- United Kingdom
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- Belfast International Airport
- 1829m x 35m
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- Aer Lingus
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- Air Canada
George Best Belfast City Airport is owned by ABN AMRO Global Infrastructure Fund. It is a regional airport serving mostly short-haul in Great Britain and Ireland. Situated on the south shore of Belfast Lough the airport has grown significantly in recent years and is a key strategic gateway to the province. 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 Jun-2001. Today, the airport's primary market is the short haul scheduled services sector and there are no plans to be targeting the long haul passenger markets.
Location of Belfast George Best City Airport, United Kingdom
Ground Handlers servicing Belfast George Best City Airport
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There was a time when any self respecting city craved its own airport. In 2011, such is the pressure from powerful environmental lobbies over emissions, noise, turbulence and wake vortex, protection of bird habitats etc, in addition to consistent economic pressures, that some cities have lost, or could lose, their airport. And as they are mainly in the private sector in the UK, some politically left-leaning councils don’t seem too concerned.
Union leaders expressed alarm at easyJet’s decision to stop flying from East Midlands Airport and to scale back its Luton operation, which could threatens about 250 jobs. Up to 1.5 million passengers will be effected by the plan to axe 360 flights a week.
easyJet recently announced plans to reduce capacity at London Luton Airport by 20% and close its East Midlands Airport base in 2010. The LCC stated it will move this capacity to more profitable airports and expects most aircraft will be redeployed to continental European bases, to maintain its targetted growth of 7.5% p/a.
Ferrovial Aeropuertos SA, a subsidiary of Ferrovial Infraestructuras SA, which is in turn a subsidiary of Grupo Ferrovial SA, has confirmed an agreement with ABN Amro Global Infrastructure Fund for the 100% sale of Belfast City Airport Ltd for GBP132.5 million (USD235 million), with the participation of Faros Infrastructure Partners. Ferrovial expects capital gains from the sale of Belfast City Airport (BCA) to be GBP85.6 million. The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of Sep-08. It is the first in what could be a number of transactions involving Grupo Ferrovial airports in the next 12 months.
Grupo Ferrovial’s appointment of KPMG to conduct an auction of Belfast City Airport, also known as George Best Airport, is further evidence of increasing difficulties faced by the Spanish Group following its highly leveraged acquisition of UK airport operator, BAA, in 2006.
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