Scotland's Airports

Scotland's Airports

Airport alcohol ban call after Scottish arrest figures released

A leading low fares airline has renewed calls for greater controls on the sale of alcohol to passengers travelling through airports, after new figures revealed more than 120 people have been arrested at Scotland’s main hubs over the past 20 months.

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Typhoon aircraft were scrambled. Picture: Ministry of Defence

Jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers over North Sea

Typhoon jets were scrambled from a Scottish RAF base to intercept Russian bombers that had flown into British airspace.

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Most of Ryanair's Scottish cancellations involve Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Neil Hanna

In full: Scottish flights affected by Ryanair cancellations

A total of 16 Scottish flights are among around 2,000 cancelled by Ryanair over the next six weeks.

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Ryanair cancels 50 flights a day to improve punctuality

Budget airline Ryanair has announced it will cancel up to 50 flights daily for the next six weeks in a bid to improve punctuality.

Passenger numbers hit new heights at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scottish airports flying high with record-breaking traffic

Passenger numbers at Scottish airports have continued to soar with records broken for August.

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Police vehicles surround a Thomson aircraft at Bristol airport as officers arrest Derek Root and Alexander Gray. Picture: SWNS

Edinburgh man handed suspended jail term after drunk antics force landing

An Edinburgh man was handed a suspended jail term after his drunken antics with another passenger forced a holiday jet to make an emergency landing before it had even left UK airspace.

Flybe's boss said travellers were opting to stay in the UK. Picture: Jon Savage

Flybe sees demand taking off for domestic UK routes

Regional airline Flybe said it had seen demand for domestic flights take off over the bank holiday weekend on routes such as Glasgow to Newquay Cornwall Airport.

The SCDI said Scotland's interests 'must be promoted' in aviation policy. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Business leaders call for Scots focus in aviation plans

Business chiefs have said that the needs of the Scottish economy must be central to future strategy on aviation as the UK prepares for Brexit.

Karen Cox flying with her family. Picture: Supplied

Moray mum beats disability struggles to win aviation honour

A MUM who undertook her own battle against the disabling Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has been honoured in the name of a pioneering female aviator.

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A satellite map of Scotland

Scotland is a ‘space hub’ for Europe

Scotland’s growing reputation as a hub for micro-satellite manufacturing has been boosted as a Glasgow firm prepares to launch what it claims is the “world’s cheapest, lightest and smallest satellite”.

The Wow Air flight was travelling from Iceland to Germany. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

Germany flight makes emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport

A FLIGHT en route to Germany made an emergency landing at Edinburgh Airport after a woman fell ill aboard.

Picture of Dunning's aircraft on a ship. Picture: Orkney Library and Archive

Historic aircraft landing a century ago in Orkney remembered

THE first aircraft landing on the deck of a moving ship a century ago has been marked in Orkney – with the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier forming an impressive background to the commemoration of Edwin Dunning’s achievement.

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Loganair reveals new tartan look. Picture: Supplied

Loganair reveals new tartan look ahead of relaunch

SCOTS airline Loganair has unveiled a new tartan look – with tartan tails for its aircraft and original tartan uniforms for its cabin crew and ground staff.

Orcadian footballers and hockey players get ready to board plane. Picture: Supplied

Airline Loganair rescues Orkney-Shetland football derby

SCOTTISH airline Loganair stepped in at the last minute to save the all-important Northern Isles “derby” football match between Orkney and Shetland.

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Bryan Sutherland, who has retired after 50 years with Loganair. Picture: Kirkwall Airport/Twitter

Engineer who kept world’s shortest flight operating retires

The engineer who kept the world’s shortest scheduled flight operating has retired after 50 years with Loganair.

KLM at Inverness Airport. Picture: Supplied

Highlands and Islands Airports report record breaking rises

REGIONAL airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) has reported another period of increased passenger numbers at its 11 airports across Scotland, welcoming a total of 477,612 customers between April and June 2017.

The latest record breaking figures show an increase of 55,934 passengers compared to the same quarter in 2016 – up by 13.3%.

Highlights include a 17.6% increase at Inverness Airport, an 18% rise in passengers at Barra and 26.4% growth in numbers at Islay, thanks to an additional daily service from Glasgow which began in April.

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The figures at Inverness Airport reached 246,965 for the quarter, further illustrating the airport’s popularity and increasingly important role as a driver for the Highland region and economy. More than 36,900 passengers used the airport, compared to the figures for the same period in 2016, due to increased numbers on the Heathrow, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Gatwick and Luton routes.

In May 2017, Dutch operator KLM, increased the frequency of its flights from Inverness to Amsterdam from one to two per day. The additional flight provides an early morning departure time that offers increased options for Highland travellers to connect via Schiphol to the rest of the world.

Sumburgh Airport welcomed 100,623 passengers during the period - 15% more than in 2016, with further evidence of growth in the oil and gas sector and an increase in offshore traffic, while Kirkwall’s numbers grew to 53,797 as a direct result of the new weekly service to Bergen, Norway.

Strong tourist demand on flights from Glasgow to Barra, Benbecula, Stornoway and Tiree saw increases in passenger numbers at these airports, with growth in numbers travelling to the islands during the Easter holiday period in April.

Robust figures were recorded at nine of the organisation’s 11 airports across Scotland.

HIAL Managing Director Inglis Lyon said: “We are pleased to report that the overall passenger numbers continue to rise. This clearly illustrates the value of our services to the communities we serve and proves there is strong demand for ever greater connectivity to and from the Highlands and Islands.

“Our regional airports continue to play a key role, enhancing and supporting Scotland’s economy and offering great choice for both business and leisure passengers, particularly during the holiday season.

“Our commitment is to continue to invest in our airports, and further develop our customer service as we attract new business and look to build upon these levels of growth.”

SCDI Highlands & Islands director Fraser Grieve said: “Tourist attractions and accommodation providers in the Highlands and Islands have seen an increasing number of visitors, and businesses are finding it easier to reach international destinations, thanks to the continued growth of connections through Inverness Airport.

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“The increase in passenger numbers shows the difference that having access to Heathrow and improved services to Amsterdam offers, and I hope we’ll continue to see rising numbers to support these key air routes.”

Passenger numbers declined at Dundee (-29.8%) as a result of the withdrawal of the Flybe Amsterdam service by the operator in December 2016. Compared to 2016, the airport had 2,690 fewer passengers during the period.

Figures also decreased at Wick John O’Groats (-20%), due in part to reduced demand from energy sector services to-and-from Aberdeen.

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Ryanair is led by chief executive Michael O'Leary. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Ryanair warns of Brexit threat to flights as profits soar

Low-cost carrier Ryanair has posted a jump in first-quarter profits, but again warned that Brexit could cause it to ground flights and cancel holidays unless a deal with the European Union is struck.

A wash out atSaturday's airshow
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Row over ticket refunds after Scotland’s National Airshow washout

Aviation enthusiasts have flown into a row with airshow organisers after their event was washed out by the weather.

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