HIAL investing in Islay Airport upgrade

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is investing almost £5m in runway resurfacing works at Islay Airport.

The project is essential for the long-term future of the airport, which supports lifeline and essential services for the local community as well as contributing to the local economy through tourism and leisure travel. 

Last resurfaced more than 21 years ago, the runways have suffered significant deterioration in the last two years. 

Following a competitive tendering process, leading construction materials group Breedon, has been appointed to undertake the works, which are expected to begin in late May, early June 2023.

Islay Airport manager, Niall Colthart, said: “We’re pleased to see the project progressing this year and look forward to the work commencing.

“The resurfacing works will protect air connectivity to the island for years to come. The deterioration on the surface of the runway could result in a prolonged closure if left untreated, which would have a significant impact on connectivity for the island’s community.” 

Work includes:

  • Removal and replacement of 50mm of the surface to provide a level surface and required durability.
  • Replacement of the top asphalt layer within both runways.
  • Rehabilitation of airfield ground lighting units.

“Engagement with the local community and our partners is underway and will continue throughout the project. HIAL has worked with the contractor to produce a works programme that has as little impact as possible for the Loganair and Hebridean Airways scheduled flights and the island community,” added Niall.

Flights are due to operate as normal for the duration of the project, with contractors working to an agreed timetable around the airport schedule.

Find out more: Runway Upgrade at Islay Airport

Published: 31st March 2023