Our Company Values & History

Mission Statement
“To create social benefit and economic prosperity by building Scotland’s sustainable regional airport group of the future.”

Vision
To become a ‘net-zero carbon regional airport group’.

Values

  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Ownership
  • Excellence

History

  • 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