Our Company Values & History

Mission Statement
“To provide and operate safe, secure and efficient airports which support the communities we serve.”

To be recognised as an industry leader in the provision of airports through leadership, innovation and collaborative working to deliver positive outcomes for our customers.


  • To provide airports that enable air transport to fulfil its essential role in Scotland’s diverse regions.
  • To work with stakeholders to develop sustainable air connectivity that supports socio-economic deveopment in Scotland.
  • To advise Scottish Ministers on future developments and resource allocation through robust strategic planning and effective collaboration with airport users and stakeholders.


  • Openness / Honesty
  • Innovation
  • Ownership
  • Respect
  • Excellence


  • 1947 – Inverness Airport opened for Civil operations
  • 1970’s – British Airways commenced flights to London Heathrow from Inverness
  • 1980’s – Dan-Air took over the Heathrow route and added London Gatwick and Manchester
  • 1984 – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) puts seven Scottish airports up for sale (Sumburgh, Inverness, Kirkwall, Benbecula, Wick, Islay and Tiree)
  • 1986 – HIAL was incorporated in Edinburgh on 4 March as a private limited company under the Companies Act 1985.
  • 1988 October 6th – the Official Opening of new facilities at Inverness Airport
  • 1992 – Dan-Air purchased by British Airways and took over the routes
  • 1995 – ownership of HIAL passed from the Civil Aviation Authority to the Secretary of State for Scotland, now the Scottish Ministers
  • 1996 – First easyJet route to London Luton launched
  • 2003 – Other routes to Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle introduced
  • 2004 – London Heathrow route taken over by bmi until 2008
  • 2007 – December HIAL assumed the operation of Dundee Airport
  • 2009 – Dusseldorf and more international routes introduced including Jersey, Dublin and charters to Italy, Croatia, Madeira, Malta and Gozo departing from Inverness
  • 2010 – New weekly summer service to Majorca and Zurich introduced from Inverness
  • 2011 – Flybe launch Inverness – Amsterdam route in September
  • 2012 – Flybe establishes the UK’s first regional network hub at Manchester Airport connecting Inverness to over 20 domestic and international destinations
  • 2012 – HIAL becomes first UK airport group to provide Tier 3 in house, on site fire training
  • 2012 – £850k project to upgrade Inverness’ airfield facilties
  • 2013 – Barra voted in world top 10 best runway landings
  • 2014 – Dundee secures Stansted service operated by Loganair
  • 2015 – British Airways returns to Inverness after 18 years with London Heathrow Service
  • 2015 – KLM announces new Inverness – Amsterdam link
  • 2016 – Dundee gains new service to Amsterdam with Flybe
  • 2016 – New international arrivals hall built at Inverness to accommodate increasing passenger numbers