Sumburgh Airport Information (LSI)

Sumburgh Airport (LSI) is located on the southern tip of the Shetland mainland and is one of eight airports on Shetland. Shetland is an archipelago in Scotland, off the northeastern coast, and is the third-largest island in Scotland.

Sumburgh, Shetland Islands
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited
Time Zone
059°52'44"N 001°17'44"W

Sumburgh Airport is the main airport of Shetland, roughly 25 miles from the capital, Lerwick. Shetland is made up of roughly 100 islands, of which only 15 are inhabited, with the largest island known as the Mainland.

Connections from Sumburgh Airport are primarily to the Scottish mainland. However, during the peak summer months, visitors can fly directly to London and Bergen (Norway), as well as other charter destinations. Due to the harsh winter season, visitor numbers drop significantly and flight frequencies decline as well.

The airport has a single terminal, in which both Arrivals and Departures and all services are located on the same level. Sumburgh Airport is in fact one of only two airports in Europe where the runway crosses the main road, the other being Gibralter. Sumburgh Airport offers services in line with other small regional airports. However, due to its size, the airport does not remain open around the clock and operating hours are fewer during the low-season winter months.

Services include a shop, café and bar, quiet room, TV, pay phones and broadband internet access. The airport is also well-equipped to meet the needs for disabled passengers.

A public bus service serves the airport providing connections with Lerwick, roughly a 40-minute drive away. Other transport options include taxis and car hire. Taxis are available outside the terminal and one car hire company is available in the terminal, offering car and van hires. During the summer months, travellers are urged to book taxis and car hires in advance as demand can be high.

Sumburgh Airport is the main gateway into Shetland from other areas of Britain such as the Scottish mainland.


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