14 DECEMBER 2009


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Article from BTNews 14 DECEMBER 2009

Northern Ireland airports

BELFAST CITY AIRPORT (formerly called Sydenham and then Harbour, and now George Best) is the subject of intense speculation regarding an extension of the current 1800m runway by a further 500m. This would make it viable for long range and wide bodied aircraft.  It is possible that a public enquiry would not be needed but any expansion could cause serious problems at Belfast International Airport, already suffering from airline relocations.  Surprisingly Mike Rutter, Commercial Director of Flybe, the airport’s largest operator opposes any changes: “We believe the runway extension will change fundamentally the character of the airport which will make it less attractive for people to come and visit Belfast as a place to do business,” a claim which hardly stands up to scrutiny. www.belfastcityairport.com

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