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Sumburgh Airport

Sumburgh Airport
Sumburgh Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorHighlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL)
LocationSumburgh, Shetland, Scotland
Elevation24 ft m (24 ft)

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Sumburgh Airport is the main airport serving Shetland in Scotland. It is located on the southern tip of the mainland, 17 NM south of Lerwick. The airport is owned by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) and served by Loganair and Flybe.

The airport is unusual in that it has a 550 m helicopter runway as opposed to usual helipad. The western end of runway 09 crosses the A970 road between Sumburgh and the northern mainland; access is controlled by a level crossing with barriers lowered whenever a flight is taking off or landing.

On 1 April 1995, ownership of the Company transferred from the UK Civil Aviation Authority to the Secretary of State for Scotland and subsequently to the Scottish Ministers.

HIAL receives subsidies from the Scottish Ministers in accordance with Section 34 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 and is sponsored by the Transport Directorate which is one of the Finance and Sustainable Growth Directorates of the Scottish Government. Annual Reports and Accounts are submitted to the Scottish Ministers.

The airport is served by Loganair (under franchise to FlyBe) and sometimes seasonally by Atlantic Airways.

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