Aviation

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.

Aberdeen International Airport is a key part of the transportation infrastructure that serves north east Scotland, providing essential connectivity for a variety of the region’s industries, particularly tourism and energy. As the third busiest airport in Scotland, the airport has flights to over 40 international and domestic locations.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, it handled roughly three million passengers annually The region historically had a very high propensity to fly, owing to its distance from key markets and destinations and the requirements of the oil and gas sector. The airport's passenger base has always had a significant business component, with many business travellers in the north east relying on connections through hub airports such as Heathrow.

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.

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Nestrans role

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 works with Aberdeen International Airport with the aim of maintaining and improving connections to international hubs. We support AIA's call for the reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD) and its intended replacement, Air Departure Tax, to level the playing field with the current Highlands and Islands exemption.

In collaboration with Hitrans, ZetTrans, the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders, we are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing lifeline air services connecting Aberdeen, Orkney and Shetland.

Nestrans will work with AIA to reduce their carbon emissions. We will also explore opportunities to test and implement new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

Journeys to and from the airport, known as surface access, are important to air passengers. To this end, we will work with AIA to develop a Surface Access Strategy, which will prioritize sustainable travel and improve accessibility for all.