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Name Change Campaign for Belfast International Airport

A campaign has kicked off to change the name of Belfast International Airport’s name.

Supported by a 2,500 strong petition, the campaign is spear headed by Alan Moore, who proposes to name the airport after Joey Dunlop, a road racing legend.

The Ballymoney motorcycling champion died 15 years ago, after being involved in an accident during a competition, which he was winning, in Estonia.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, avid Dunlop fan, Mr Moore said, “I’m a taxi driver and I’m always up and down to the airports. We have one airport named after George Best who was a great name for the country. Then we have a wee man from Armoy who is five times world champion plus he did a lot of charity work that is never really talked about.”

Fans, such as Mr Moore, believe that more should be done to honour the sporting hero.

Mr Moore added, “Belfast City Airport was renamed after George Best in March 2006. At the time, airport chief executive Brian Ambrose described it as a “fitting and permanent tribute to his footballing brilliance. In Ballymoney, you have the Dunlop Garden and the Dunlop Leisure Centre but there is nothing in the country itself to really honour his name. Why not name the International Airport after him to push his name out there and let people know exactly what this man was?”