General Aviation

Front of the airport

Following the announcement of further restrictions and changes to travel guidance, the following restrictions will now apply at HIAL airports, currently until Saturday 16 January 2021:

  • Out of Hours movements will be suspended.
  • General and Business Aviation operations are not permitted between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
  • Limited General Aviation operations are permitted, under strict Prior Permission Required (PRR) requirements. Flights should land at the same airfield from which they departed and unless prior approval is granted by the Airport Manager or Head Office, general aviation flights will not be accepted from any other airport.
  • General Aviation flights for maintenance checks, ferry and engine health under COVID-19 remain a permissible operation, when there is an urgent requirement to do so.

Information for Pilots
Pilots are requested to read the following information regarding the airport’s operational information. Please contact the airport before planning your flight.  Islay Airport is strictly 3 hours PPR.

Click here to view General Aviation Guidance Notes 2015 for Islay

Aircraft Refueling Services
Avgas 100LL is available at the airport during opening hours.

Air Charters
The following providers offer air charter services:

Company Contact Information Website
Loganair 0141 848 7594
PDG Helicopters 0870 607 9000
Air Charter Scotland Ltd (Edinburgh) 0131 339 8008
Woodgate Executive Air Charter (Belfast) 01849 422478
Signature Flight Support (Glasgow) 0141 887 8348
Hebridean Air Services 0845 805 7465


Customs Foreign Arrivals & Departure Procedures

Rules are:

If departing Islay direct to an EU destination – No notification required

If arriving at Islay direct from another EU airfield – 4 Hours notice required

Departures to and Arrivals from the Channel Islands – 12 Hours notice required

Departures to and Arrivals from all other non EU Airports – 24 Hours notice required


General Aviation Reports (GAR’s) can be faxed or emailed to:

0870 240 3738 within the UK

+44 1702 294 006 out of the UK