Stornoway Airport

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Stornoway Airport

Port-Adhair Steòrnabhagh
Stornoway Airport Runway.jpg
Runway 36 at Stornoway Airport
Airport typePrivate
OperatorHighlands and Islands Airports Limited
ServesStornoway, Outer Hebrides
LocationIsle of Lewis
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates58°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
WebsiteStornoway 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 (2017)
Passenger Change 16–17Increase6.1%
Aircraft Movements (2017)10,924
Movements Change 16–17Increase3.1%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[2]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Stornoway Airport (IATA: SYY, ICAO: 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 air base there during the Second World War and also from 1972 until 1998, when it was a NATO forward operating base. During the Cold War, 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 stopovers 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]

Loganair Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness
Seasonal: Manchester[4]


Royal Mail Benbecula[5], Inverness[6]


Busiest routes to and from Stornoway (2017)[7]
Rank Airport Total
2016 / 17
1 Glasgow 74,965 Increase 58.3%
2 Inverness 29,223 Decrease 6.3%
3 Edinburgh 16,934 Decrease 17.7%
4 Benbecula 9,048 Increase 10.3%
5 Manchester 6,613 Increase New Route
6 Aberdeen 4,806 Increase 33.8%

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.[8]


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  2. ^ a b Stornoway - EGPO
  3. ^ UK Annual Airport Statistics
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
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  7. ^ "Airport Data 2017". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 16 March 2017.
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