The airport`s proximity to central Belfast is a great selling point for travellers inside the UK. [41] The Ministry has signed a new and amended planning agreement with the airport that will control operations with immediate effect. 16. For Belfast International Airport, it was argued that Northern Ireland would achieve economies of scale and other benefits if it had a single airport, but accepted that `Belfast City Airport is a fact of life; …. it is there, it is an asset, it should be used for the benefit of NORTHERN Ireland PLC. [19] With regard to Belfast City Airport, the issue of a single airport for Northern Ireland was «purely academic, given that both Belfast airports are profitable privately owned businesses.» [20] The General Consumer Council considered that «competition exists between the two Belfast airports and we support the maintenance of two airports in the Belfast Basin». [21] 23. . .