Kirkwall Airport Orkney
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Kirkwall Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The airport is three miles from Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands
  • Flybe and Loganair are the two airlines operating from the airport although all Flybe flights are operated under the Loganair banner
  • Flights are either from other Scottish mainland airports including Glasgow International and Aberdeen or from the outlying islands
  • It began life as RAF Grimsetter, an airbase protecting the Scapa Flow naval base
  • It became a civil airport in 1948

Kirkwall Mini Guide

Who Travels to Kirkwall Airport?
It’s the airport serving the main settlement on the main island called Mainland. Travellers there include workers from the oil fields as well as those tourists who want to ‘get away from it all’. The island is often bleak and unforgiving, especially in winter, but on sunny days when the temperature creeps up to the high sixties, it’s a magical place full of hospitable locals.

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How Easy is it to get to Kirkwall Airport?
Most flights to the airport are from mainland airports or from flights coming in from the outlying islands. The main route in is from Glasgow International Airport which opens access to Kirkwall to overseas tourists who can fly in from destinations as diverse as Toronto, Dubai, Philadelphia and Orlando. Once there, you’ll find very little in the way of public transport so a hire car from Kirkwall Airport will be essential; pre-book it before you leave home to guarantee its availability.

What is the Airport Like?
You might assume that it’s going to be a very basic airport but after overlooking the drab exterior you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the warm and welcoming interior with its Airfayre café serving hot and cold drinks, delicious meals sourced from local ingredients including a very special ‘daily special’. There’s a shop selling papers and magazines as well as travel essentials and toiletries. You can get wireless internet upon buying air time vouchers from the information desk.

Kirkwall Airport Orkney

Latest Update from Kirkwall Airport :

17/05/13 - Passenger growth continues at Kirkwall with cumulative growth of 10% over the last two years. More people are coming to enjoy the wild scenery and traditional welcome of the islands so car hire is becoming a precious commodity - make sure you pre-book so you're assured of the car of your choice.

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You might wonder why you’d need a hire car in the Orkneys but when you consider that the main island covers over 200 square miles you’ll soon understand why.
We do a roaring trade in Kirkwall Airport hire cars for, when people arrive at the island’s airport, they often want to hire a car to get to their accommodation or to see the dramatic sights. People choose us for Kirkwall Airport car hire because we offer low prices but still supply top quality hire cars which come with an all-inclusive package of insurance cover making sure that whatever happens, help will be at hand.

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