As Scotland's third busiest airport, Aberdeen International Airport is a key part of our transport infrastructure and vital to the north east economy, providing connectivity for multiple industries.


Facilities available at Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) have been upgraded in recent years, most recently with the £20 million terminal transformation project. This has meant a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building.

Improvements have also included additional baggage check areas, new retail opportunities and improved waiting lounges.

Nestrans take part in the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party group on aviation. A Vice Chair of Nestrans has continued to serve as a representative on the Aberdeen International Airport Consultative Committee.

Nestrans will continue to work with AIA to maintain and enhance connections to international hubs.

We support AIA in its call to reform for Air Passenger Duty (and its planned replacement, Air Departure Tax). This is to level the playing field over the current Highlands and Islands exemption.

We will work to maintain and enhance lifeline air services serving Aberdeen and connections to Orkney and Shetland. This work is in partnership with Hitrans, ZetTrans, the Scottish Government and others.

Nestrans will work with AIA to reduce their carbon emissions. We will also work with them to identify opportunities for the testing and roll out of new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

Journeys to and from the airport, known as surface access, are important to air passengers. Nestrans will work with AIA to develop a Surface Access Strategy. This strategy will maximise opportunities for sustainable travel and improve access for all.