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Kirkwall Airport Guide


Kirkwall is a small island airport with regional connections to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Wick, Glasgow, Inverness, Sumburgh in the Shetlands and Orkney. The principle carriers operating out of Kirkwall are Loganair and BA. Car rentals are available at the airport, so if you would like to purchase car hire at Kirkwall Airport please let us compare the market to find you the best deals online. Prices are far cheaper online than if you book on arrival to the airport.

Airport Facilities

The single terminal operates scheduled flights from Westray island to Papa Westray island, which is only an astonishing two minutes flight, and is regarded as the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Connections to other islands include flights to Sumburgh and Orkney inter-island flights, while there are also flights to Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick and Edinburgh.

Financial needs such as currency exchange should be attended to before arrival at the airport, as facilities are limited in the terminal building.

However, refreshment is on hand at a cafe, as well as a convenience store selling drinks, snacks and newspapers. There is also a limited array of gifts available, with island handicrafts making attractive presents.

At the airport, you will find a small and compact carpark, that provides spaces for both short and long-term stays.

Disabled travellers are facilitated by the presence of specially designed toilets, adapted doorways to ease the transit of wheelchairs, and ramps positioned between different floor levels.

Any further queries may be referred to the airport information desk, located in the main terminal.


By car
If you are driving to the airport, you will find the airport situated on the A960 road, 3 miles East of Kirkwall town. Driving here is simple, and well-signposted, but be sure to watch your speed within restricted areas.

By rail
There is no train service connecting the airport to Kirkwall, so passengers are advised to use private cars or taxis.

By bus
There is a bus service connecting the airport to Kirkwall, with Orkney Coaches, which will be available for all morning and evening flights.

By taxi
Those wishing to take a taxi into town will find a rank at the rear of the terminal building. Companies providing a taxi service include Rainbow Taxis, Finstown Taxis and Kirkwall 5000.

Car hire
Car hire at Kirkwall Airport is available in the arrivals hall. You can book car hire from the airport, but if you book with us in advance you will be given a wider selection of cars and suppliers to choose from. Your vehicle will be ready at the airport car park for your arrival.