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.


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 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: 2019

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

  • Flights: 91,248 (-0.03% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 2.9m (-5% on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 9th UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



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: 43

The Airport

Aberdeen, the world's busiest commercial heliport, has become the first air traffic control unit in the UK to be using ADS-B only to provide radar services.

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

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