Kirkwall Airport is the main airport serving Orkney in Scotland. It is located about 3 miles south-east of Kirkwall and is owned by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited. The airport is used by Loganair.
Kirkwall Airport Map
The airport is a vital connection between the mainland and the Orkney Isles. It operates services to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness as well as island hops to Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney's North Isles.
An airfield was originally built and commissioned in 1940 as RAF Grimsetter for the defence of the Scapa Flow naval base.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Kirkwall Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 118.305
Tower - 118.305
AFIS - 118.305
ATIS - 108.600
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.
Hydrogen production by electrolysis of water was well under way in late 2020 in Orkney, where clean energy sources (wind, waves, tides) were generating excess electricity that could be used to produce hydrogen gas (H2). A plan was under way at Kirkwall Airport to add a hydrogen combustion engine system to the heating system in order to reduce the significant emissions that were created with older technology that heated buildings and water. This was part of the plan formulated by the Scottish government for the Highlands and Islands "to become the world’s first net zero aviation region by 2040".
Getting to Kirkwall Airport
Kirkwall Airport, Orkney, KW15 1TH
is situated south-east of Kirkwall.
Stagecoach operates a service to meet scheduled flights, with a reduced service throughout the rest of the day.
There are also Taxi firms operating to and from the airport.
Short and long-term car parking, with disabled bays, are available adjacent to the airport terminal building.
• More information on the official website