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°C. Prevailing south-westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean.