Airports in Scotland

Aberdeen International

Aberdeen Airport opened in 1934, a link between the northern islands of Scotland and London. During the Second World War it was a military base, and, with the discovery of oil in the North Sea in the late 1960s became host to workers in the oil and gas industry.

Today, it is the world’s biggest heliport. The Main Terminal was opened in 1977 and the airport has four runways (one fixed wing, three helicopter) to accommodate its 3 million annual passengers. The Main Terminal building has two floors, Check-In on the ground, and Departure Lounges on the first floor.  Arrivals is to the right of the concourse, with baggage claim located next to Arrivals.

There are about 20 airlines offering flights from Aberdeen including BA, easyJet, Flybe and KLM. The airport is operated by the British Airports Authority, and is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the busiest airport in Scotland, located less than 6 miles (9.3km) west of the city center. With trains and buses going into town at all hours, the airport is a convenient gateway to the UK's Festival City. If you’re planning on booking a flight to Edinburgh during Fringe season do it as far in advance as possible.

The original terminal was built in the 1970s, however it has been upgraded in recent years and a program of expansion is underway. The arrivals and departure terminals are under one roof, albeit on different floors, so connecting to other flights is fairly hassle-free. However, the security check points are often over capacity at peak times.

There are several restaurants, book shops and an art gallery, and the facilities are generally clean and well-maintained. The airport is also well-signed, so you should have no trouble getting around the building.

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Glasgow International

Glasgow International Airport (GLA) is located 8 miles (13km) southwest of Glasgow's city center. It is the second-busiest airport in Scotland and one of the busiest in the UK with more than 6 million passengers using it each year. Almost 30 airlines are based there, a mix of traditional, budget and charter carriers.

The terminal has three piers: West (international), Central (domestic) and East (low-cost, Ireland and Scottish islands). A “Skyhub” was created in 2007, connecting the main terminal and terminal two, which created space for an extended duty-free shopping area.

The airport has seen some improvements in recent years and runs well, with security moving at a reasonable pace and shopping and dining options on the rise. Despite it being an international facility, the airport is still on the small side, so pack a book or charge your mobile if you expect to have a lot of time on your hands.

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Inverness

Inverness Airport (INV) is the perfect airport for passengers in search of the Loch Ness monster or just a quiet vacation away in the Scottish Highlands. The airport is situated just less than 10 miles (15km) east of Inverness City.

As the gateway to the Highlands, Inverness Airport has a lot to offer passengers in terms of accessibility and ease of travel. It’s small, simple to navigate, and is well connected to public transport in Inverness and the surrounding region.

There are a number of regular flights to Inverness Airport from across the UK and Europe. There are also a number of charter flights offered from Inverness Airport to destinations such as Italy, Sicily and Portugal – perfect for those wishing to get away for a vacation in the sun.

The Highlands offer a range of attractions from breathtaking wilderness areas to a wildlife park and even mountain-climbing and white-water rafting. Inverness City is central to all these activities, which makes Inverness Airport the perfect place to begin or end a vacation in the Scottish Highlands.

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