Flying from Scotland
If you ask most people about flying to or from Scotland, they will know that both the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh have excellent international airports. Each of the two cities has long been in competition with each other to claim the title of the most important in Scotland, and although Edinburgh is the country’s capital and seat of government, Glasgow is just as worthy of recognition.
Both cities have airports that fly direct to many destinations and for many people, both inside and outside of Scotland, these are the two hubs that first come to mind when planning a flight.
However, flying to Aberdeen airport is an excellent option for those looking to access further north than Glasgow or Edinburgh and it has become increasingly active over recent years for many reasons. Aberdeen is an historic city with a heritage that goes back hundreds of years. In recent times however, it has been important to the British economy as the North Sea Oil has really made the city an important hub for the energy industry.
As you might expect for an airport that is used by many business travellers, the facilities are excellent. All the extras that a modern 21st century business person needs are at hand, from wireless internet access that is available throughout the airport to a well appointed Business Lounge to escape from the hustle and bustle of the main departures area.
Aberdeen International Airport, to give it its full name, lies approximately 6 miles outside the city centre. Over 3.3 million passengers used the airport in 2012, an increase of 8% compared to 2011. However, it was in 2007 that the airport hit its busiest time when 3.4 million people passed through it.
North Sea Oil
As the hub for oil industry travellers, Aberdeen airport has a significant presence as the main heliport for offshore personnel. In fact, there are three terminals dedicated to North Sea helicopter operations and one main passenger terminal which operate scheduled and charter holiday flights.
Airlines such as Flybe operate from Aberdeen Airport to a wide range of destinations. These include Belfast City, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton in the UK.
There are also regular flights to Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands as well as to the Isle of Man.
Foreign countries served include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
The choice of destinations means that for those living north of Aberdeen, the airport provides a much needed alternative to travelling further afield to Glasgow or Edinburgh to begin an overseas holiday.