Kirkwall Airport (KOI) is the main airstrip serving the Orkney Islands, situated on mainland Orkney near the islands’ largest town, Kirkwall.
Managed by the HIAL (Highlands and Islands Airports Limited), Kirkwall Airport connects Orkney with Scotland’s main cities as well as seasonal flights to Bergen in Norway. The airport was first opened as RAF Grimsetter in 1940 as an airfield to protect the Royal Navy anchorage in Scapa Flow.
Principally used by the FlyBe franchise operated by Loganair, you can fly direct to Sumburgh on Shetland and Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The airport also serves inter-island flights to the North Outer Islands of Orkney including North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Westray, Sanday and Eday.
Visitors using the airport to fly between islands can enjoy the world’s shortest scheduled flight between Papa Westray and Westray, lasting two minutes.
Airport passenger facilities include the Airfayre Café as well as a shop, toilets and baby changing facilities, TV and broadband connection.