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Belfast International Airport

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Name Belfast International Airport
Region Europe
Territory United Kingdom GB.gif
Location Belfast, Aldergrove, Northern Ireland
Serving Belfast
Elevation 81.686 m <br />268 ft <br />268 ft81.686 m <br />
Coordinates 54° 39' 14.78" N, 6° 13' 4.61" W
Designator Length Width Surface ROPS
7/25 2780 m9,120.735 ft <br /> 45 m147.638 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes
17/35 1951 m6,400.919 ft <br /> 45 m147.638 ft <br /> ASP yes/yes

Observation EGAA 282050Z AUTO 21004KT 4300 -RA BR FEW040 BKN047 11/10 Q0994
Station Belfast / Aldergrove Airport
Date/Time 28 October 2021 20:50:00
Wind direction 210°
Wind speed 04 kts
Lowest cloud amount few clouds
Temperature 11°C
Dew point 10°C
Humidity 93%
QNH 994 hPa
Weather condition n/a

Belfast International Airport



International airport serving Northern Ireland.

Formerly (until January 1983) known as Belfast Aldergrove Airport. Originally it was an RAF Station but when the nearby Belfast Nutts Corner civil Airport closed in 1963, it became a joint use one until the RAF withdrew in 2009 and the remaining military presence was transferred to the UK Joint Helicopter Command.


Temperate Marine climate/Oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification Cfb). Moderately cool summer and comparatively warm winter with a temperature range of only 14°C57.2 °F <br />287.15 K <br />516.87 °R <br />. Prevailing south-westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean.



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Accidents & Serious Incidents at or in vicinity of EGAA

  • A319, Belfast Aldergrove UK, 2011 (On 6 January 2011 an Easyjet Airbus A319 experienced the sudden onset of thick "smoke" in the cabin as the aircraft cleared the runway after landing. The aircraft was stopped and an evacuation was carried out during which one of the 52 occupants received a minor injury. The subsequent investigation attributed the occurrence to the continued use of reverse idle thrust after clearing the runway onto a little used taxiway where the quantity of de-ice fluid residue was much greater than on the runway.)
  • B733, vicinity Belfast Aldergrove UK, 2006 (On 18 July 2006, a Boeing 737-300 being operated by a Spanish Airline commenced a daylight non precision approach with a 12 degree offset FAT towards Belfast Aldergrove but then made an unstable descent to 200 feet agl towards an unlicensed runway at a different airport before being told by ATC radar to go around. A further also unstable approach to the correct airport/runway followed. The Investigation noted that there were multiple cues indicating that an approach to the wrong airport was being made and was not able to establish any reason why two successive unstable approaches were not discontinued)
  • B738, Belfast International UK, 2017 (On 21 July 2017, a Boeing 737-800 taking off from Belfast was only airborne near the runway end of the runway and then only climbed at a very shallow angle until additional thrust was eventually added. The Investigation found that the thrust set had been based on an incorrectly input surface temperature of -52°C, the expected top of climb temperature, instead of the actual surface temperature. Although inadequate acceleration had been detected before V1, the crew did not intervene. It was noted that neither the installed FMC software nor the EFBs in use were conducive to detection of the data input error.)