General Aviation

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 crews of aircraft with a MAUW of less than 3000 kg.


Both AVGAS and Jet A1 are available at Wick John O’Groats Airport through Far North Aviation  who can be contacted on:

  • Phone:  01955 602201 (24 hours)
  • Fax:       01955 602203

Far North Aviation provide the following services:

  • Fixed based operator offering high quality service
  • Flight training
  • Supply of aviation fuel
  • Aircraft handling
  • Hire and consultancy

Self-Handling and PPR

Wick John O’Groats Airport is operated on a Prior Permission Required (PPR) basis.  This means you must book in with air traffic control prior to arrival.

Domestic flights with a MAUW of less than 3000 kg may self-handle.  The requirements associated with this can be found below.

If you intend to self-handle, please contact air traffic control for a PPR on 01955 602215.

Aircraft which are arriving from international destinations, including the Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland and any aircraft with a MAUW of 3000 kg or greater must book their arrival through our handling agent – Far North Aviation (contact details above).

If you are travelling from or to destinations within the Common Travel Area (Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) you must also notify the Northern Constabulary through completion of a General Aviation Report.  A minimum of 12 hours notice is required by law before you travel.  Full details and copies of the form.

Prior to departing for Wick please remember to check the latest NOTAMs to ensure there are no notices in force which might affect your arrival.

Arriving at Wick John O’Groats Airport

It is our aim to make your arrival and stay at Wick John O’Groats Airport as smooth and enjoyable as possible.  To help us ensure this happens please take a little time to read the information below.

On arrival you will be directed to the apron by air traffic control  Full details are available from the UK AIP.  On arrival, self-park on the apron area.

High visibility clothing is mandatory whilst airside at Wick so please bring a high visibility vest or jacket with you.  It is acceptable for one person with high visibility clothing to escort small groups of up to five other people.

Smoking is strictly forbidden anywhere airside.

The use of mobile phones and other personal electronic devices must be minimised whilst airside and is strictly forbidden anywhere near any refuelling activity.

If you are intending to have you aircraft refuelled it will need to be chocked.  Please bring chocks with you if you have them or if your aircraft has unusual undercarriage such as spat covered wheels.  If you do not have any chocks please inform our handling agent who will be able to supply a set.

The weather at Wick is very variable and strong winds are often experienced so if you intend to leave your aircraft for any length of time we would recommend you use chocks or hangarage is available through Far North Aviation.

If you intend to leave the airside areas of the airport you will need to identify yourself to our security team on return.  To allow ease of access please make sure you bring your pilot’s licence with you.  Access to the airside areas of Wick John O’Groats Airport is through Security in the terminal building or the main gate at the side of the terminal building.


The facilities for self-handling aircraft are currently limited at Wick John O’Groats Airport.  Within the terminal the following facilities can be found:

  • Toilets
  • Cafe

Taxis are available for hire from the front of the terminal building and a bus service runs regularly into Wick.

Fees and Conditions of Use

Full details of our airport fees and conditions of use can be viewed here.