Sumburgh Airport

Sumburgh Airport [3] is the main airport connecting the Shetland Islands with mainland Scotland. It is on the southernmost tip of Shetland, 17 nautical miles (20 miles or 31 km) south of Lerwick.[1]

Sumburgh Airport
Overview of Sumburgh Airport (2).jpg
Sumburgh Airport (2014)
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL)
Serves Shetland
Location Sumburgh, Shetland, Scotland
Elevation AMSL 21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 59°52′53″N 01°17′38″W / 59.88139°N 1.29389°W / 59.88139; -1.29389Coordinates: 59°52′53″N 01°17′38″W / 59.88139°N 1.29389°W / 59.88139; -1.29389
Website Sumburgh Airport
Location in Shetland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 1,426 4,678 Asphalt
09/27 1,500 4,921 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
06/24 550 1,804 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers 245,868
Passenger Change 17-18 Decrease4.1%
Aircraft Movements 16,628
Movements change 17-18 Decrease25.6%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

The airport is unusual in that it has a 550 metre helicopter runway instead of the usual helipad. The western end of runway 09 crosses the A970 road between Sumburgh and the northern mainland; access is controlled by a level crossing with barriers lowered whenever a flight is taking off or landing.

HIAL receives subsidies from the Scottish Ministers in accordance with Section 34 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. Annual Reports and Accounts are submitted to the Scottish Ministers.

Sumburgh was a former RAF airfield, with two runways. It saw regular action in World War II. 404 Squadron operated Beaufighter Mark VI and X aircraft from this station on coastal raids against Axis shipping off the coast of Norway and in the North Sea.

Sumburgh Airport Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 "NATS - AIS - Home". Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. "UK airport data: Tables 3, 9 and 13.pdf". UK Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 8 April 2019.