Aberdeen Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At Aberdeen Airport we provide Tower, Approach, Ground and Offshore ATC services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided in and around the airport. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to help aircraft taxi, take-off and land.

Approach

This is a radar based control service located in the lower part of the tower. Incoming aircraft are managed from approximately 55 miles away from the aerodrome, generally under 10,000ft.

Offshore

Offshore ATC services to helicopters operating in support of the North Sea oil and gas industry. Also Approach Radar service is provided for Sumburgh Airport on Shetland.

The Operation: 2017

The current tower was opened in 1977. NATS has been providing an ATC service at Aberdeen airport since 1972.

  • Flights: 97,000 (+0.9% on 2016)
  • Passengers: 3.13m fixed wing + 0.5m helicopter (+2% on 2016)
  • Busiest ranking: 9th UK’s busiest airport (flights)

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Destination

As well as business and leisure flights, Aberdeen airport is a major centre for helicopter activities linking oil rigs to the mainland.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Dalaman (Turkey)
  • Most travelled to destination: London, Heathrow
  • Airports served: 50

The Airport

The airport is undergoing a £20 million terminal redevelopment, set to be complete by 2019.

  • Height of tower: 21m
  • 1 Runways: 1,953m x 46m
  • 3 helicopter runways
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    Head Office

    NATS
    4000 Parkway
    Whiteley
    Fareham
    Hants
    PO15 7FL

    Tel: 01489 616001

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