City of Derry Airport

City of Derry Airport

As part of the national defences during World War 2 various military bases were established throughout Northern Ireland. Along the eastern coast of Lough Foyle the government located three air bases at Ballykelly, Maydown and Eglinton.

The Eglinton air base was a Fleet Air Arm base named HMS Gannet and was primarily used to provide convoy air cover for the North Atlantic Fleet. After the war the base remained a military establishment into the 1950's at which time the Ministry of defence returned much of the land in and around the base to the original landowners.

Some limited commercial activities were undertaken at the airfield during the 1960's when Emerald Airways operated a Glasgow service. During the 1970's the only flying at Eglinton, as it was then known, was carried out by Eglinton Flying Club. This flying club and flight school is still based at the airport.

Over twenty years after its acquisition the airport is beginning to have the impact on the regional economy envisaged by the Council in 1978. The Government's regional development strategy as outlined in the Shaping Our Future report identifies the city as the regional capital of the North West and Derry City Council is determined to develop the region's infrastructure in order to encourage economic development and inward investment.

Today the airport has scheduled flights to London, Glasgow International and Glasgow Preswick, Liverpool, East Midlands and Dublin. Two additional routes to London Luton and Birmingham will also commence Autumn 2008. It also has summer charter flights to Majorca, Lanzarote, Salou/Barcelona and Portugal and will carry over 450,000 passengers in 2008.

City of Derry Airport s Safety Policy is to achieve and maintain high levels of safety within the Airport and air navigation services it provides and operates. This is achieved by minimising those risks, which contribute to accidents and aircraft incidents.

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City of Derry Airport Airport Road
Eglinton. Co. Derry. BT47 3GY

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