Airport Information

Welcome to Barra Airport – a unique landing experience

Following the strict measures announced by the Prime Minister and the First Minister on Monday 23rd March, we have been liaising closely with the Scottish Government and our aviation partners to ensure that HIAL airports can continue their unique role in providing lifeline services for our communities.

HIAL will continue to do all it can to protect the health and wellbeing of its staff, limit the spread of the infection and have the necessary resilience in place to maintain our ability to service essential and emergency flights.

Working with Transport Scotland and Loganair, HIAL have agreed to service a skeleton schedule that will ensure its airports can continue to provide lifeline, emergency and essential services. This will ensure that vital flights, including NHS passenger transfer, the Royal Mail, oil and gas, and any required emergency flights can be accommodated.

Therefore, from Monday 30th March 2020 the opening hours at Barra Airport to accommodate the skeleton schedule will be:

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri12:30 - 13:45
Sat09:15 - 10:30
Sun10:45 - 12:00
(and by arrangement)

The airport will not be open out with these times.  We continue to review the situation on a day-to-day basis, so please keep checking the website for up-to-date details.

All opening times subject to tides. For bookings and flight enquiries during opening hours, please call: 00 44 (1) 871 890 283.

We also have contingency arrangements in place to accommodate emergency flights outwith these times.

We do not know how long these essential measures will remain in place but will update the website with any further changes to opening times.

Please note that the café is currently closed. 

Public buses are not currently running on Barra and mini-bus hire is also unavailable at this time. 

Special Landing Procedures

Special procedures apply to ensure the safety of flights at the airport, which include no public access to the beach when the airport wind sock is flying. A strobe light on the air traffic control tower warns of imminent aircraft movements. Visitors and locals alike are asked to observe these restrictions.


Barra Airport is famous for its beauty – boasting beaches, machair and hills – and all in a small island; Barra is a special place to visit – especially memorable if you fly in because of the beach landing strip. Washed by the tide twice a day, Traigh Mhor beach is reputed to be the only beach runway in the world to handle scheduled airline services.