Belfast City Airport paid tribute to George Best as it was officially re-named George Best Belfast City Airport on the day Best would have celebrated his 60th birthday.Caption: Barbara McNarry, (George’s sister) and Dickie Best, (George’s father)
More than 200 guests including airport management, the Best family and friends of the sporting icon gathered at the airport for the re-naming ceremony.
George’s father Dickie unveiled the airport’s new signage which incorporates George’s energetic and instantly recognisable signature into the new brand.
Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive of George Best Belfast City Airport said:
“Today’s re-naming ceremony officially pays tribute to Northern Ireland’s most famous footballer and marks another milestone in this airport’s history.”
“Our decision to re-name in honour of George Best has resulted in an unprecedented level of interest, with messages of support from across the world.
“With over 2 million passengers travelling through the airport each year, George’s memory will not be forgotten. Today has been the culmination of months of hard work by airport staff in close consultation with the Best family and I trust all the family’s expectations have been met.”
Mr Ambrose also confirmed that the airport will erect a permanent fixture inside the airport terminal, in order that the public can donate to the George Best Foundation, (www.georgebest.com) the charity established by the Best family, which aims to fund research into liver disease and promote youth football.