Stornoway Airport

Stornoway Airport (IATA: SYY, ICAO: EGPO) is an airfield located 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) east of the town of Stornoway[2] on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland. The airfield was opened in 1937, and was then used mainly for military purposes. The Royal Air Force had an air base there during the Second World War and also from 1972 until 1998, when it was a NATO forward operating base. During the Cold War, from 1960 to 1983, the airfield was the home of 112 Signals Unit Stornoway (RAF). NATO aircraft used the airport for missions over the North Atlantic and for stopovers en route to Greenland and the United States.

Stornoway Airport

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Airport typeDomestic
OperatorHighlands and Islands Airports Limited
ServesStornoway, Outer Hebrides
LocationIsle of Lewis
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates58°12′56″N 006°19′52″W / 58.21556°N 6.33111°W / 58.21556; -6.33111Coordinates: 58°12′56″N 006°19′52″W / 58.21556°N 6.33111°W / 58.21556; -6.33111
WebsiteStornoway Airport
SYY is located in Outer Hebrides
Location in Outer Hebrides
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 [1] 1,000 3,281 Asphalt
18/36 2,315 7,595 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger Change 17–18Increase1.2%
Aircraft Movements (2018)10,570
Movements Change 17–18Decrease3.2%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[2]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[3]

Stornoway Airport is owned by HIAL, a company controlled by the Scottish Government.[citation needed]

Nowadays the airfield is mainly used for domestic passenger services. The Royal Mail have a daily mail flight. Bristow Helicopters operate helicopters equipped for search and rescue, on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard. There are privately owned light aircraft based at the airport.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Loganair Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester[4]


Royal Mail Benbecula,[5] Inverness[5]


Annual passenger traffic at SYY airport. See source Wikidata query.
Busiest routes to and from Stornoway (2018)[6]
Rank Airport Total
2017 / 18
1 Glasgow 75,862   1.2%
2 Inverness 27,574   5.6%
3 Edinburgh 17,861   5.5%
4 Benbecula 9,259   2.4%
5 Aberdeen 5,961   24.1%
6 Manchester 778   88.2%

Accident and incidentsEdit

  • On 8 December 1983, a Cessna Citation I (G-UESS) crashed into the sea on approach to Stornoway Airport, killing all 10 passengers and crew.[7]


  1. ^ "EUROCONTROL - the European AIS Database: Introduction to EAD Basic - Home" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b Stornoway - EGPO
  3. ^ UK Annual Airport Statistics
  4. ^ "Loganair extends summer services through winter for 2020".
  5. ^ a b "Loganair secures new Royal Mail contract". BBC News. 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Airport Data 2018". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 13 March 2019. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^

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