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Islay Airport
Port-adhair Ìle
Islay Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
Serves Islay
Location Glenegedale, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 55°40′55″N 006°15′24″W / 55.68194°N 6.25667°W / 55.68194; -6.25667 (Islay Airport)Coordinates: 55°40′55″N 006°15′24″W / 55.68194°N 6.25667°W / 55.68194; -6.25667 (Islay Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,545 5,068 Asphalt
08/26 635 2,083 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Movements 2,650
Passengers 28,486
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Islay Airport (IATA: ILYICAO: EGPI) (also known as Glenegedale Airport) is located 4.5 NM (8.3 km; 5.2 mi) north northwest of Port Ellen on the island of Islay in Argyll and Bute, off the west coast of Scotland. It is a small rural airport owned and maintained by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.



The first airports appeared in Islay in the 1930s. However, these were just grass strips. In 1940, during World War II, the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill ordered military airports to be constructed in the western islands of Scotland, both to defend against a German assault on the Scottish mainland and also to provide reconnaissance planes a base to fly missions over the Atlantic Ocean. The present Islay airport was constructed in 1940, and received a concrete runway in 1942. During World War II, over 1,500 Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel were stationed at Islay Airport.

On 29 June 1994, The Prince of Wales made headlines when he overshot the runway while landing a BAe 146 of No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron of the RAF on the runway of the airport. No one was injured, however the plane was badly damaged.[3][4]

Present day

Today the airport is used for scheduled services to the Scottish mainland, and for air ambulances

Airlines and Destinations

Airlines Destinations
Flybe operated by Loganair Glasgow-International

See also


  1. ^ Islay - EGPI
  2. ^ UK Airport Statistics: 2007 - annual
  3. ^ Prince gives up flying royal aircraft
  4. ^ Official report

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