Foula Airfield

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Foula Airfield
Foula Airfield.jpg
OwnerFoula Airstrip Trust [1]
ServesFoula, Shetland Islands
Elevation AMSL150 ft / 46 m
Coordinates60°07′18″N 2°03′12″W / 60.12167°N 2.05333°W / 60.12167; -2.05333Coordinates: 60°07′18″N 2°03′12″W / 60.12167°N 2.05333°W / 60.12167; -2.05333
FOA is located in Shetland
Location in Shetland
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 [1] 1,252 382

Foula Airfield (IATA: FOA) is an airfield located on the remote island of Foula, part of the Shetland Islands in the north of Scotland.


The airstrip opened in the 1970s and is run by the Foula Airstrip Trust, Scottish charity number SC021728.[2] Foula is also served by a ferry service running three times a week but it is claimed that tourists prefer the short flight to the 135 minute ferry crossing.[citation needed] Also, the ferry is based on Foula, so a day trip to the island is only possible by air. The flights are used to transport essentials such as prescriptions to the island, which has a population of 38.[1][3]

The airfield also provides the island's only public toilet and telephone.[4][5]

Terminals and destinations[edit]

Foula is served by a PSO service from Tingwall Airport run by Airtask Group and funded by Shetland Islands Council.[6][7] The service uses a Britten Norman Islander aircraft and runs 4 times a week, with a flying time of 15 minutes.[3] Flights are heavily weather dependent due to fog and crosswind.[4]

Directflight Lerwick

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In June 2014 flights were suspended as it was believed that the airfield's insurance was not suitable following the closure of the island's fire station in 2012.[3][8] Flights have since resumed.


  1. ^ a b Griffiths, Rosalind (20 June 2014). "Foula flights halted over lack of fire cover". Shetland Times.
  2. ^ "Foula Airstrip (Number 2) Trust, SC021728". OSCR.
  3. ^ a b c "Foula". Visit Shetland.
  4. ^ a b "Foula" (PDF). Shetland Heritage.
  5. ^ "General Information". Foula Heritage. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Shetland Islands Inter Island Air Service". Airtask Group.
  7. ^ "Internal Air Services". Shetland Island Council.
  8. ^ Bevington, Pete (19 June 2014). "Foula and Skerries flights suspended". Shetland News. Retrieved 3 March 2016.