Airport Information

Welcome to Kirkwall Airport – the gateway for the Orkney Islands

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 Kirkwall Airport to accommodate the skeleton schedule will be:

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri10:00 - 17:00
Sat08:45 - 15:45
Sun14:00 - 18:00

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.

Kirkwall Airport provides easy access to the Orkney Islands from Scotland’s major cities, Shetland and Norway. For business or leisure travellers – Kirkwall is the air transport hub for the islands.

Orkney is a destination offering a choice of over 70 islands that make up the archipelago. Kirkwall is the main town and is a great base for touring the islands or to just wander and take in the sites and eateries based around it. There are excellent air and ferry services between the islands, and you can also take the world’s shortest scheduled flight – lasting only two minutes – between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray.

Airport Information
Kirkwall Airport, (KOI), Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1TH
Telephone: 01856 886 210
Fax: 01856 886 216

The Information Desk is available during opening hours and can be contacted on either telephone number 01856 886 210 or by fax on 01856 886 211.

Passenger Services include:

  • Pay Phones
  • Quiet Room
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • TV
  • Free Wifi

Disabled Facilities
If you require assistance, please make arrangements prior to arrival through your airline. Loganair can be contacted on 01856 872 494 or at You can also contact airport administration staff by telephoning the information desk on 01856 886 210.

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 01856 872 421
Loganair Inter Island & General Enquiries 01856 872 494
Loganair Charter 01856 872 494 or 01856 873 458
Orkney Tourist Board 01856 872 856
Balfour Hospital 01856 888 000
Air Discount Scheme 0844 800 2855

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

The Local Tourist Board is:
The Travel Centre
West Castle Street
KW15 1GU
Telephone: 01856 872 856
Fax: 01856 875 056
Website: or

Air Discount Scheme
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