Stornoway Airport

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Stornoway Airport
Port-Adhair Steòrnabhagh
Stornoway Airport Runway.jpg
Runway 36 at Stornoway Airport
Airport type Private
Operator Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
Serves Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
Location Isle of Lewis
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 58°12′56″N 006°19′52″W / 58.21556°N 6.33111°W / 58.21556; -6.33111Coordinates: 58°12′56″N 006°19′52″W / 58.21556°N 6.33111°W / 58.21556; -6.33111
Website Stornoway Airport
SYY is located in Outer Hebrides
Location in Outer Hebrides
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 [1] 1,000 3,281 Asphalt
18/36 2,315 7,595 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 129,481
Passenger change 13–14 Increase5.8%
Aircraft Movements 10,909
Movements change 13–14 Decrease1.3%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[2]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Stornoway Airport (IATA: SYYICAO: EGPO) is an airfield located 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) east of the town of Stornoway[2] on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland. The airfield was opened in 1937, and was then used mainly for military purposes. The Royal Air Force had an RAF airbase there during the Second World War and also from 1972 until 1998 when it was a NATO forward operating base. During the Cold War period, from 1960 to 1983, the airfield was the home of 112 Signals Unit Stornoway (RAF). NATO aircraft used the airport for missions over the North Atlantic and for stop overs en route to Greenland and the United States.

Stornoway Airport is owned by HIAL, a company controlled by the Scottish Government.

Nowadays the airfield is mainly used for domestic passenger services. The Royal Mail have a daily mail flight. Bristow Helicopters operate helicopters, equipped for search and rescue on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard. There are privately owned light aircraft based at the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Eastern Airways Aberdeen
operated by Loganair
Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Inverness

Accident and incidents[edit]

  • On 8 December 1983, a Cessna Citation I (G-UESS) crashed into the sea on approach to Stornoway Airport killing all 10 passengers and crew.[4]


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