Kirkwall Airport

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Kirkwall Airport
Port-adhair Bhaile na h-Eaglais
Kirkwall airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorHighlands and Islands Airports Limited
ServesMainland, Orkney
Elevation AMSL58 ft / 18 m
Coordinates58°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
WebsiteKirkwall 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)
Passenger Change 15-16Increase1.7%
Aircraft Movements14,539
Movements Change 15-16Increase2.4%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Kirkwall Airport (IATA: KOI, ICAO: 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.


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]

Loganair Aberdeen, Eday, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Sumburgh, Sanday, Stronsay, Westray, Manchester, Wick
Seasonal: Bergen, Fair Isle, Newcastle[4]


Royal Mail Aberdeen, Sumburgh

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.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kirkwall - EGPA
  2. ^ "UK airport data". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Kirkwall Airport: About Us". Highlands and Islands Airports. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 8 October 2009.

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