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Aberdeen Airport
Port-adhair Obar Dheathain
Aberdeen Airport terminal close up 23-03-11.JPG
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator BAA Limited
Serves Aberdeen
Location Dyce, Aberdeen
Elevation AMSL 215 ft / 66 m
Coordinates 57°12′07″N 002°11′52″W / 57.20194°N 2.19778°W / 57.20194; -2.19778Coordinates: 57°12′07″N 002°11′52″W / 57.20194°N 2.19778°W / 57.20194; -2.19778
Website www.aberdeenairport.com

Location of airport in Scotland

Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 1,953 6,407 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H05/H23 476 1,562 Asphalt
H14/H32 581 1,906 Asphalt
H36 260 853 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 3,103,892
Passenger change 10-11 Increase11.8%
Aircraft Movements 97,641
Movements change 10-11 Increase8.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority

Aberdeen Airport is an international airport in Aberdeen, Scotland.

It is about 5 nautical miles (5.8 miles or 9.3 km) northwest of Aberdeen city centre. 2.76 million passengers used Aberdeen Airport in 2010, a reduction of 7.4% from 2009. It is the 15th busiest airport in the UK. The airport was the second busiest airport in Scotland, and sixth busiest in the United Kingdom by number of flights in 2010.

The airport is owned and operated by BAA, which is a Spanish company. It operates six British airports, including Heathrow Airport.

Aberdeen Airport is a base for BMI Regional (part of BMI) and Eastern Airways. The Airport is also the main heliport for the Scottish offshore oil industry.

The airport has one main passenger terminal, serving scheduled and charter holiday flights. There are three terminals for North Sea helicopter operations, used by Bristow Helicopters, CHC-Scotia, and Bond Offshore Helicopters. There is also a small terminal next to the main passenger terminal, Broomfield House, used for oil company charter flights to Scatsta in Shetland, operated by Eastern Airways.


Aberdeen Airport has the world's largest commercial heliport which has more than 400,000 passengers each year.

With the newer aircraft, helicopters can reach the northern most platforms on both the East and west of Shetland areas. However, helicopters often use Wick, Kirkwall, Scatsa and Sumburgh for refuelling stops.

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