Kirkwall Airport Information (KOI)

Kirkwall Airport (KOI) is the small and friendly air travel hub that serves the region and islands around Orkney, which is partly a World Heritage listed site containing stonework thought to be over 5,000 years old.

Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
Time Zone
058°57'28"N 002°54'18"W

Less ancient but just as interesting is the airport's history in the internal airmail service of the United Kingdom. Captain Edmund Bresson flew the first British airmail service out of Kirkwall Airport in 1933, though of course at that time the airport operated under a different name. At that time, it was called Grimsetter Airport.

The airport also provides inter-links between the Orkney Islands and the world's shortest commercial passenger route, a flight lasting less than two minutes, can be commenced out of Kirkwall Airport. The airport has one terminal and one commercial runway and a free car park (short- and long-term) is situated adjacent to the airport terminal.

Around 150,000 passengers pass through Kirkwall Airport each year, and the airport processes around 15,000 flights per annum. Flights are mainly regional, to Shetland and Scotland, and the airport is served by the one airline only, the budget carrier Flybe, which operates all flights in and out of Kirkwall and even carries code share traffic on behalf of Loganair.

Disabled and special assistance facilities at Kirkwall Airport are plentiful and relatively modern for such a small, compact airport. Ambu-lifts, ramps and wheelchairs are readily available and the dedicated disabled parking spaces are also very convenient, placed as close to the terminal entrance as possible and with no intervening steps.


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