A Belgian Air Force F16 fighter jet performs aerial acrobatics over City of Derry Airport ahead of todays Portrush International Air show. The single seater jet can achieve speeds of unto 1500 miles per hour and can climb at a rate of 254 meters per second. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.
The tenth running of the NI International Airshow in Portrush is set to welcome back a number of crowd favourites who couldn’t attend last year.
The free show, sponsored by SPAR and NITB, takes place at the seaside town on the first weekend of September. The ever-popular Team Guinot Wingwalkers are back with a stunning new paint job and a new name, Team Breitling, named after the famous Swiss watches. The thrilling stunt show which features girls standing on the wing while the aircraft performs loops and spins has always been popular with spectators and were much missed from last year’s programme. To celebrate the tenth show the team has made a special effort to make it to the north coast and will use the occasion to give a thrill of a lifetime to our VIP guest during the show.
One of the reasons for the spectacular popularity of the event is that it is much more than just an airshow. There will be something to appeal to all tastes. The shoreline is packed with arena shows such as England’s Crazy Bear Roadshow, Yorkshire’s Rapide Brothers, World War 2 re-enactors, model aircraft, quiz shows and giveaways, 80 trade stands, Royal Navy rugby, RAF Typhoon cockpit, simulators, Candy Devine’s Downtown Radio show, Royal Marine Unarmed Combat demo and of course the parade and poppy drop to mark the 90th year of the Royal British Legion.
The Peace Bridge is part of Derry’s regeneration programme. Funded by the European Union’s PEACE III programme (Shared Space initiative), the Peace Bridge will be a living landmark and a lasting legacy. Construction of the bridge commenced in January 2010 and was opened on June 25th 2011.
The bridge measures 235 metres bank to bank and is approximately 4 metres wide, with landing points at the rear of the Guildhall and Ebrington. The design concept for the bridge itself is based on the idea of two hands reaching out to link together and links together the previously divided communities on either side of the River Foyle.
The project was a first in Northern Ireland, in that social clauses in the contract ensured the employment of twelve local unemployed people, most of whom have gone on to secure full time employment with GRAHAM.
Toilets and telephones are located throughout the terminal building area as follows:
- Between customer service desk and security
- Between Mount Charles restaurant and WHSmith travel shop.
There are postal facilities situated in the main lobby area of the terminal building.
Special baby care rooms are available to provide comfort and privacy for passengers travelling with young babies, these are equipped with changing tables.
In late 2009, Derry City Council, who own City of Derry Airport, placed an advert in the European journal for a ‘Partnership Opportunity’ at the airport. Parsons Brinckerhoff / Regional & City (PB/RCA) Airports, a Balfour Beatty Company, together with 6 other parties, responded to the advert, with PB/RCA proposing a Management Services Agreement which would supplement the existing management team with PB/RCA staff whilst leveraging the expertise embedded at the two Regional & City operated airports. After a number of rounds of bidding, PB/RCA were awarded the 10 year contract, in October 2010.
This form of contract is the first of its kind within the UK aviation market. Other forms of contract, such as concession agreements, are in existence but this model, where the asset is owned by one party with management services provided by another is new and reflects the unique offering of PB/RCA – consultancy services delivered by Parsons Brinckerhoff supplemented with expertise and operational support from the management teams of Regional & City Airports at their existing two Balfour Beatty airports.
In 2013 Balfour Beatty announced the sale of its interest in aerospace to Patriot Aerospace, the aviation division of Rigby Group PLC. As part of this sale Regional City Airport Management (RCAM) were established as the consultancy division of the organisation and replaced Parsons Brinkerhoff. RCAM is a specialist airport management company which is focused on operating airports which accommodate up to 3 million passengers a year, cargo, freight, corporate and general aviation. RCAM is responsible for the overall operation of City of Derry Airport and Blackpool Airport and has taken over the management of Patriot Aerospace’s airport assets comprising of Exeter International Airport, Coventry Airports & Cardiff Heliport.
To avail of discounted rates passengers are advised to pre-book car parking online. Pre-booking must be made a minimum of 24 hours before parking is required as pre-booking rates are not available on one day of travel.
The City of Derry Airport car park has a total of 500 Pay-On-Foot spaces and is located adjacent to the main terminal building . The secure car park is covered by 24-hour surveillance and is locked down each evening.
Customers who have not prebooked online must pay all car parking charges before returning to their vehicle, parking charges cannot be paid at the exit barrier in the car park . There are two automatic paystations located outside the main terminal Exit door – these accept notes and coins (both Sterling and Euro) and all major credit/debit cards. There is also a manned pay station at the airport Information Desk for your convenience.
The first 10 minutes parking is free, allowing short visits to the terminal at no charge.
Parking is not permitted in the Set Down or Pick Up areas or on the access roads. Illegal parking in these areas may lead to vehicles being clamped. Removal of the clamp will incur a minimum charge of £50.
To avail of discounted rates passengers are advised to pre-book car parking online. Pre-booking must be made a minimum of 24 hours before parking is required. Pre-booking rates are not available on one day of travel.
For security reasons the Car Park is only open to the public during the airport’s published opening hours. Vehicles cannot be accessed outside these hours.
06:30 – 18:45
08:30 – 18:45
08:30 – 18:45
08:00 – 19:15
07:00 – 19:00
05:30 – 11:45
14:00 – 21:45
Please note, these times are subject to change and vehicle owners are advised to contact the Airport Authority for the most up to date information. Please ring +44(0) 2871 810784.
In the interests of security, the car park will be closed outside of these opening hours and passengers will not be able to access or retrieve their vehicles.
Vehicles displaying a blue disabled badge can avail of FREE car parking for the first two hours with normal charges applying after this time expires. Drivers wishing to avail of this service must display the appropriate badge and must park in the designated bays in the main car park. Further information may be obtained from the airport Information Desk.
First 2 hours Free with normal rates applied thereafter.
|Time Period||City Of Derry|
|First 10 Minutes||FREE|
|Up to 45 Minutes||£2.00|
|45 Mins – 1 Hour||£3.50|
|1 Hour – 2 Hours||£6.70|
|2 Hours – 3 Hours||£8.00|
|3 Hours – 6 Hours||£10.00|
|6 Hours – 24 Hours||£12.00|
Current Parking Charges – Effective from April 2012
Please note, prices stated below are gate rate prices. Customers are advised to pre-book car parking online to SAVE money and avail of great value PREBOOK discounted rates. Click here to get a Quote NOW.
|Time Period||Gate Rate|
|Up to 1 Day||£12.00|
|Up to 2 Days||£22.00|
|Up to 3 Days||£33.00|
|Up to 4 Days||£44.00|
|Up to 5 Days||£45.00|
|Up to 6 Days||£48.00|
|Up to 7 Days||£54.00|
|Up to 8 Days||£60.00|
|Up to 9 Days||£67.50|
|Up to 10 Days||£75.00|
|Up to 11 Days||£82.50|
|Up to 12 Days||£90.00|
|Up to 13 Days||£95.00|
|Up to 14 Days||£100.00|
|Up to 15 Days||£105.00|
|Subsequent Days||£5.00 (or part threof)|
All prices are subject to change.
Lost tickets will be charged a minimum charge of one full day (currently £15.00). Automatic Number Plate Recognition will be used to determine your entry date and time. In addition, customers may be asked to produce evidence of their flight details to ascertain the date and time of their arrival and departure so that accurate charges can be levied.
Important Note – Disputes:
Our Customer Service Staff do not have any discretion to either reduce or waive parking charges.
In the event of a dispute any amount due must be paid in full and details of the claim sent in writing to:
City of Derry Airport,
Airport Road, Derry, Co.Londonderry,
Northern Ireland. BT47 3GY