Kirkwall Airport

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Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall airport.jpg
IATA: KOIICAO: EGPA
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
Serves Mainland, Orkney
Location Kirkwall
Elevation AMSL 58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates 58°57′29″N 002°54′02″W / 58.95806°N 2.90056°W / 58.95806; -2.90056Coordinates: 58°57′29″N 002°54′02″W / 58.95806°N 2.90056°W / 58.95806; -2.90056
Website Kirkwall Airport
Map
EGPA is located in Orkney Islands
EGPA
EGPA
Location in Orkney
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,428 4,685 Asphalt
14/32 680 2,231 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 145,897
Passenger change 10-11 Increase3.2%
Aircraft Movements 14,131
Movements change 10-11 Decrease2.8%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Kirkwall Airport (IATA: KOIICAO: EGPA) is the main airport serving the Orkney Islands in Scotland. It is located 2.5 NM (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) southeast of Kirkwall[1] and is owned by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited. The airport is used by Flybe franchise service, operated by Loganair.

History[edit]

The airport was built and commissioned in 1940 as RAF Grimsetter for the defence of the Scapa Flow naval base. In 1943 the Royal Naval Air Service took over, as RNAS Kirkwall then HMS Robin. Control passed in 1948 to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and in 1986 to Highlands and Islands Airports.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Flybe
operated by Loganair
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Inverness, Sumburgh
Seasonal: Bergen
Loganair Eday, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Westray, Sanday, Stronsay

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 25 October 1979, Vickers Viscount G-BFYZ of Alidair was damaged beyond economic repair when the aircraft departed the runway after #4 propeller struck the runway. The nosewheel collapsed when the aircraft reached an intersecting runway.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kirkwall - EGPA
  2. ^ UK Annual Airport Statistics
  3. ^ http://www.hial.co.uk/kirkwall-airport/about-us/
  4. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 

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