Kirkwall Airport

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Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall airport.jpg
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
EGPA is located in Orkney Islands
Location in Orkney
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,428 4,685 Asphalt
14/32 680 2,231 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 163,029
Passenger Change 15-16 Increase1.7%
Aircraft Movements 14,539
Movements Change 15-16 Increase2.4%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Kirkwall Airport (IATA: KOIICAO: EGPA) is the main airport serving Orkney 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 Loganair & Flybe using its Franchise partner Eastern Airways.


The airport was built and commissioned in 1940 as RAF Grimsetter for the defence of the Scapa Flow naval base. In 1943 the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm 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
operated by Eastern Airways
Loganair[5] Aberdeen, Eday, Edinburgh, Fair Isle[6],Glasgow, Inverness, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Sumburgh, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray
Seasonal Bergen

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.[7]


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