Belfast International Airport has re-opened its Viewing Gallery…..and added a few additional features to the attraction.
Visitors will now be able to track the progress of arriving and departing aircraft and eavesdrop on Air Traffic Control (ATC) and apron chatter.
The gallery gives panoramic views of the apron and the main runway and is set to be a big hit with ‘plane spotters of all ages.
The old gallery closed ten years ago as part of a major multi-million pound re-configuration of airport facilities.
Belfast International Airport Managing Director, Graham Keddie, says the spacious facility is second to none, and will prove hugely popular.
Mr Keddie adds: “The fact that this is all landside means that it’s open to all. In other airports in the UK, only passengers catching a flight have a visual of the apron and runway, but here our gallery is accessible to all.
“School children and others fascinated by airports and aircraft movements will be drawn to this welcome addition at the International. All you have to do is simply turn up and follow the signage to the Viewing Gallery.
“It’s free and the added features of the aircraft tracker and live audio from Air Traffic Control gives it genuine authenticity as a
“The decision to re-open the gallery was a no-brainer. I knew the old gallery was badly missed, and what we’ve now done is responded to demand by the many people who like nothing more than seeing all the activity that is such a part of this airport.”
The gallery is part of a bigger refurbishment programme involving the construction of new toilet and arrival facilities.
The viewing gallery is situated landside and is open to travellers and non-travellers alike.