Aberdeen International Airport, also known as Aberdeen Airport, is an international airport situated at Dyce, a suburb of Aberdeen, Scotland, about five nautical miles (9.3 kilometres; 5.8 miles) northwest of Aberdeen city centre. It is owned by AGS Airports and operated by Aberdeen International Airport Limited. It serves as a base for BMI Regional and Eastern Airways and the main heliport for the Scottish offshore oil industry. Aberdeen Airport has one main passenger terminal, serving scheduled and charter holiday flights. It has additional three terminals dedicated to North Sea helicopter operations, used by Bristow Helicopters, CHC-Scotia, and Bond Offshore Helicopters; and a small terminal adjacent to the main passenger terminal, Broomfield House, which functions as a terminal for oil company charter flights to Scatsta in Shetland.
Where to go
The city of Aberdeen is the third largest in Scotland, United Kingdom. It serves as a vital sea port, regional centre, and the hub of the North Sea oil industry. Although it is a remote city by UK standards, Aberdeen does not fall short of tourist sights and attractions. In fact, it is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city adorned with grand and ornate architecture. It is known as The Granite City, since most of the buildings here are constructed out of granite. Check out some of these places during your trip to the city: Aberdeen Art Gallery, a stunning Victorian building that houses modern works and more traditional paintings and sculpture; Aberdeen Maritime Museum, rated five-star by the Scottish Tourist Board, where one can learn about the city’s rich maritime history; Granite Architecture; Union Terrace Gardens; and Aberdeen Beach.
About two hours from Aberdeen is Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. Note that Dublin’s top attractions can be really crowded during summer, which is its peak season. It is best to tour around as early in the day as you can to enjoy and make the most out of the city. These amazing places include Chester Beatty Library, which contains a wide selection of early books and manuscripts, including sacred texts and manuscripts; Christ Church Cathedral, built during the 11th century, making it the city’s oldest church; St Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland; Dublin Castle, which was the former seat of British rule in Ireland; Dublin Writers Museum, dedicated to Irish literature and the lives of individual Irish writers; Dublin Zoo, the largest in Ireland; Dublinia & the Viking World, which exhibits what life was like as if it was in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings; and don’t forget to visit the suburbs in Dublin, which can be easily navigated by foot from the city centre and are lined with upmarket delicatessens and boutiques.
Unfortunately, Aberdeen International Airport does not currently offer long haul flights. It is best to book a connecting flight in order to reach farther destinations. The busiest airport in Scotland is the Edinburgh Airport, serving long haul flights to New York, Toronto, and Abu Dhabi, among others.
How to get out
Aberdeen Airport is served by many airlines that operate scheduled passenger flights. Some of these are Aer Lingus Regional operated by Stobart Air, BH Air, BMI Regional, British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Flybe, KLM, Lufthansa Regional, Scandinavian Airlines, Small Planet Airlines, Thomson Airways, and Wizz Air, among others.
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