George Best Belfast City Airport is located in the heart of Belfast city. The airport was in fact awarded the Gold Award of Excellence at the Northern Ireland Quality Awards and the Environmental Accessibility and Customer Service Award both in 2007.
Since its opening in 1983, the airport has grown immensely. It began to grow in 2006 mainly when Ryanair began to operate its 23rd base in the airport – this brought 5 new routes and 800,000 passengers, which in turn helped to extend the runway in the airport.
It operates airlines like Flybe, KLM, Aer Lingus, British Airways and Loganair. Routes are available to countless destinations, most being in the UK like Aberdeen, Glasgow, London, Southampton and Cardiff. It also operates to destinations over Europe – such as Faro, Malaga and Amsterdam. Flights can be as low as €53 to fly from Belfast to Edinburgh, €97 to Faro and €103 to fly Belfast to Amsterdam. The airport also operates seasonal charter flights to Newquay and Salzburg.
This Belfast City airport is reachable by rail, car and bus. It is served by the frequent trains of Northern Ireland Railways between Bangor and Portadown. There is also the Translink Metro route 600 which goes from the airport terminal to many points of interest in Belfast City including Belfast City Hall which is 200m away from Maldron Hotel Belfast City. There is also The Airporter service that operates 12 daily weekday services, 5 on Saturdays and 8 on Sundays to Derry if you are opting to stay in Maldron Hotel Derry.