Airport Information


Welcome to Sumburgh Airport

Sumburgh airport is the main airport serving Shetland and is situated approximately 25 miles south from the main town/port of Lerwick. The airport provides air links to Scotland’s major cities, Orkney and Norway.

Investing for the future

  • £6.5 million investment over three years
  • Faster, smoother airport experience
  • Larger security screening areas
  • New offshore lounge facilities
  • Upgrades to main departure lounge

Sumburgh Airport is investing around £6.5 million over three years to improve passenger facilities and deliver a better customer experience.


The first phase of HIAL’s investment (see images), completed in 2014, saw major improvements to facilities for the energy sector including the refurbishment of several hangars, new offshore lounge and briefing facilities and a dedicated area for offshore workers.

The second phase of improvements will ensure that scheduled passengers also benefit from the new investment, with improved check-in, security and baggage reclaim facilities and refurbishments to the terminal concourse area planned.

The international and oil related passenger arrivals and offshore transit lounge areas will also be refurbished. On the airfield, improvements will be made to the airport fire station and air traffic control tower.


Andrew Gower, Sumburgh Airport Development Manager said: “HIAL is investing some £6.5 million at Sumburgh Airport in order to enhance terminal and airfield facilities, attract new business to the airport, and deliver an improved customer service for scheduled passengers and energy sector customers.

“We have already completed significant enhancements for our energy customers. The second phase of our investment will ensure that scheduled passengers benefit from enhanced facilities, including improved check-in, security and baggage reclaim facilities and upgrades to the main terminal concourse area.”

Other investment news
December 2014 – Scottish Government announces major investment at Sumburgh

Terminal Contact Details
Sumburgh Airport, (LSI), Shetland Isles, ZE3 9JP
Telephone: 01950 460 905 (Information Desk)
Fax: 01950 460 218
Telephone: 01950 461 000 (Administration)

Airport Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 07.30 – 20.15
Saturday 08.00 – 16.30
Sunday 11.00 – 20.00

Terminal Opening Hours

Monday to Friday    06.30 – 20.30

Saturday                  07.30 – 16.45

Sunday                    10.15 – 20.15

The Information Desk is available during opening hours and can be contacted on either tel 01950 460 905 or fax 01950 460 218.

Please click on the following links to find out more about the security and check in, car parking, car hire, taxi providers, public transport, and pilots information and air services at Sumburgh airport.

Passenger Services include:

  • Airfarye Cafe – offering :-
    • Hot and cold drinks, coffees, teas, hot chocolate and a licensed bar
    • Snacks and light meals including a daily special using ingredients sourced from local suppliers
    • Shop – including daily and weekly newspapers, locally made crafts and gifts and last minute toiletries and supplies
    • Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 06.45 – 20.15
Sat 07.45 – 16.15
Sun 10.45 – 19.45
  • Tourist Information Point
    • Locally run VisitShetland Information Outlet offering the latest information about Shetland including what to do, where to stay, events and contacts from within the area
    • Open from:
Mon – Fri 08.45 – 16.45
Sat 10.15 – 15.30
Sun 10.30 – 17.30
    • Internet Access Information available from here
    • Bureau de Change facility
  • Pay Phones
  • ATM Machine
  • Broadband Internet
    • BT Open Zone
    • Sumburgh airport – vouchers available from Information Desk
  • Children’s Play Room
  • Quiet Room
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • TV

Disabled Facilities
If you require assistance, please make arrangements prior to arrival through your airline. Flybe can be contacted on 0871 700 0535 or at

Facilities include:

  • Disabled Toilets
  • Wheelchairs
  • Ambulift
  • Ramp Facilities
  • Disabled Parking Bays and Drop Off and Pick Up Zones

Please see our Service Level Agreement for passengers with reduced mobility and disabled persons.

Useful Local Telephone Numbers

Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd 01950 461 000
Shetlands Islands Tourism 01595 693 434
Promote Shetland 01595 989 898
Northern Constabulary, Lerwick 01595 692 110
Gilbert Bain Hospital 01595 743 000

Tourist Information
Please follow the link from here to the Visitor Information Pages on Shetland offering ideas on what to see and do on the islands and further information on all the great activities, culture, wildlife, archaeological sites, and creative industries.

The Local Tourist Board is:
VisitScotland – Sumburgh Gateway VIC
Wilsness Terminal
Sumburgh Airport
Telephone: 01950 460 905
Fax: 01950 460 807

In Lerwick:
VisitScotland Information Centre
Market Cross
Telephone: 01595 693 434
Website: or

Promote Shetland
Shetland Museum & Archives
Hay’s Dock

Telephone: 01595 98 98 98


The Sumburgh airport webcam and many others across Shetland can be accessed from thislink

Air Discount Scheme

ADS Logo

The Scottish Government’s Air Discount Scheme (ADS) provides a 40 per cent reduction on air fares between Scotland’s remotest communities and Scottish cities. ADS are applicable for people whose main residence is any of the following: Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, Islay and Jura, Caithness and North-West Sutherland. It also includes students from these areas who are studying away from home.

For more information on ADS, eligibility criteria, application information and how to apply, please visit the ADS website on