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The Belfast International Airport is not so flexible to passenger sleeping

by web-administrator (April, 2016)


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(Guest Review by ares_tz) Well I could not stay in a hostel longer so I went to the Belfast International Airport for overnight. As a matter of fact, only the arrival section is open since there is a cafe and a restaurant for passengeers arriving there at early morning hours. The departure area is not open to visitors who do not plan to check in. There is a fast food service but not operating all night long. I could find my way there for a night but there is security asking for passport details and/or travel documents. I think it would not work out for more than 2 days staying overnight there!

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Causeway lounge

by web-administrator (April, 2016)


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(Guest Review) Loved the new causeway lounge , enjoyed the breakfast , more selection esp cooked bacon . Lounge very comfortable and much warmer than old one !

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Car Hire Beware

by web-administrator (September, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Rod McAlpine) I am from Australia and pre booked and paid for a luxury vehicle for 17 days hire. Europcar substituted a Hyundai for the Mercedes I booked and paid for. I was assured everything would be addressed. I was told that the Mercedes was not available and a Jeep was the substitute. I expected a very flash 4 wheel drive and reluctently accepted this. In the car park, the Jeep turned into a Hyundai somehow !!!! I have written 3 letters and to date have no reply ( 46 days later ) I will never hire from Europcar again - suggest you do the same or at least be very careful - Don't be conned by the smiles and lies.

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Few quiet but comfy places

by web-administrator (May, 2015)


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(Guest Review from Bananarama) The places upstairs in the food area with McDonalds etc which were mentioned in a previous review are not accessible overnight by travelers coming in for a flight the next day. There is the security check before this area and according to various sources I spoke to at the airport (i.e. security personnel), you will not be let in to the departure area more than six hours before your flight or even as little as two hours. As far as I could find out the security check shuts down for the night and wont be opened again before 4.30 in the morning, so you wont be able to get upstairs at all. However, there are several places in the small-ish check-in and arrivals area at opposite ends of the building which can be used for a nap, most of them metal four-seaters without armrests which are nice enough for a lie down with a blanket. A hot tip is the Caf Bar in the arrivals which features a few medium-sized leather armchairs which can be pushed together and, most crucially, a lovely, slightly beat-up two-seater leather couch which is very comfy and fits anyone up to 1,80m easily with stretched legs and even beyond that offers some real sleeping comfort if you can get there first. There were only a handful of overnight stays at the airport when I was there, so chances are good. However, the arrivals area is obviously not the quietest place to be in, there were scattered arrivals until about 2 in the morning, but the airport itself basically shuts down by 11PM and after midnight there is only the occasional shuffling around of arrivals and staff, chatty fellow overnight stayers, the cleaner machine or even a fire alarm test All doable with some earp continued >>

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Could go either way

by Chriz (January, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Airside
Pros: Quite during the night
Cons: Can't get through security? There's nowhere to go.


Was here for an early morning flight which was delayed to a mid morning one, so having gotten there in the wee small hours we had a longer than desired wait. Since the airports revamp a couple of years ago and the moving of security to an earlier point in your journey though to the departure lounge, there are far fewer facilities and seats airside. This is a problem as it means that your choice of rest points airside is now a cafe (nice place as a cafe but not much room for sleeping), 1 metal bench or the floor. We got through security ok and found that now that the airside section of the airport is much larger it presented a few extra comfortable resting areas. The seating in Belfast Intnational has been mostly taken up with seats for eateries and so is of an appropriate type to sit on to eat/drink, but not lie down. We found that there were 2 places with padded seating that didn't have armrests. The first was in the food village that you come to straight after security. The other was after you make your way further round through the departure lounge to a pace called 'Fed&Watered'. Same again with padded seating without armrests. In both cases this type of seating only comprises a portion of the seating options in their respective outlets, so if for any reason there are others looking for a place to rest of sleep they are likely to be taken up quickly. Although Belfast has no operating restrictions and is thus a 24hr airport it has few flights between 12 and 6am. As such I believe that security can close for a the night and so you may not have access to the airside, where pretty much all the resting options are. If you get through you should be able to have a restful continued >>

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