Belfast Telegraph

City Airport throws open the doors for residents

By Heather McGarrigle

George Best Belfast City Airport is inviting residents to the airport for two Community Information Days on August 26 and August 27.

The airport said the event was an opportunity for residents and community groups to find out how to apply for support from the airport's Community Fund, which has already donated over £36,000 to 11 projects.

Staff will also answer questions about airport operations or any issues surrounding the proposed runway extension, noise or the environment.

Airport communications executive Ruth Kimbley said: "We're looking forward to meeting people who share our vision of improving the health and well-being of communities.

"We also welcome those who want to talk about issues including the proposed runway, the environment or anything to do with our operations."

The Community Fund has fundraised for groups such as Helping Hands Community Group in Tullycarnet and young people with Down's Syndrome at Cregagh Diamontes Dance Group since it was set up last year.

The airport has funded a pantomime trip for Adoption UK (NI), bought new tracksuits for Castlereagh Young Footballers and new equipment for disabled children to enjoy safe horseriding.

The Community Days will be held on August 26 from 4pm to 9pm and August 27 from 8am to midday in the conference suite at the airport.

A public inquiry into an £8m plan to extend the runway at the airport had been delayed after a dispute over noise pollution.

The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is refusing to schedule an inquiry until it receives further information from the airport.