Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport Information (ABZ)

Aberdeen Airport serves close to three million passengers per year and is the main gateway to eastern Scotland. The main terminal serves flights to many major UK and Scandinavian destinations, while the Bloomfield Terminal serves offshore oil and gas fields in the North Sea.

Business facilities at the airport are provided by the Aberdeen Airport Thistle Hotel, which is located on-site, while the British Airways Executive Lounge has excellent facilities for business travellers . Passenger facilities in the main commercial terminal of Aberdeen Airport information include cash machines and a currency exchange booth as well as a left luggage facility and a baby-changing room. Passengers will also find a good selection of shops including several duty-free outlets as well as cafés, restaurants and a pub.

For getting to Aberdeen and Inverness from nearby Aberdeen Airport, buses run frequently, while Dyce Station is situated behind the airport and offers regular rail services to both cities. Taxis are also readily available and go from just outside the terminal building.

Address: Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB21 7DU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)344 481 6666

Website: www.aberdeenairport.com

Business, VIP & Wifi

The Aberdeen Airport Thistle Hotel is located within the confines of the airport grounds and provides business and conference facilities, while the British Airways Executive Lounge at the airport is also well decked out for business travellers. Wifi internet has also been installed for convenience .

Business centres: there are no business centres inside Aberdeen Airport, yet the Aberdeen Airport Thistle Hotel is situated within the airport grounds and has excellent business facilities for hire .

Meeting rooms : the Aberdeen Airport Thistle Hotel comes with comprehensive conference facilities, with several rooms available to provide delegates with multiple seating in comfortable surroundings.

VIP : there is an executive lounge at the airport in Departures, known as the Servisair Lounge. Entry rates are reasonable and facilities include a selection of newspapers and magazines, complimentary snacks and drinks, and basic business facilities such as telephone and fax machines. The Servisair Lounge can be booked.

Internet: there is a BT Openzone wireless hotspot (Wifi) in the terminal building for those with enabled laptop computers. This is a broadband service.

Car Rental

Aberdeen Airport is a major airport in eastern Scotland and as such it is served by major car hire companies. Many people rent cars when visiting Aberdeen; there is so much to see and do in the area and the road networks are excellent, with motorway links to Edinburgh, Inverness and other towns and cities in the region.

Car rental firms represented at Aberdeen Airport include: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National/Alamo. Between them they have a huge fleet of vehicles, but we recommend that you pre-book a vehicle to avoid disappointment.

Children

Babies: baby care facilities have been installed throughout the airport, with a baby-changing room situated next to the information desk in Check-in, another one located in the ladies’ toilets in Domestic Departures and another in the International Departures lounge. In addition, most airport restaurants provide high chairs as well as children’s menus.

Children : children are well taken care of at Aberdeen Airport, where play areas are located before and after security. The main play area is situated near the BAA information desk and it has toys and Lego, while staff can also provide colouring packs with crayons for free.

Mothers : mothers can leave their kids in the play areas with Dad while they shop and browse the facilities and services at Aberdeen Airport at their leisure. Books and magazines can be found at the excellent Alpha Books store outlets, situated either side of security, while Baxters offers some local specialities and gifts, and World Duty Free has an array of exciting products including perfumes, skin care goods and sunglasses.

Destinations

The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Amsterdam Groningen Norwich
Belfast City Humberside Nottingham
Bergen Kirkwall Oslo
Birmingham Kristiansund Paris
Bristol Leeds Bradford Scatsta
Cardiff London (Gatwick) Southampton
Copenhagen London (Heathrow) Stavanger
Dublin London ( Luton) Stornoway
Durham ( Tees Valley) Malaga Sumburgh
Esjberg Manchester Tenerife (Sur)
Faroe Islands Newcastle Wick

Directions

Aberdeen Airport is the main gateway to eastern Scotland, serving just less than three million yearly passengers. The airport is located seven miles to the northwest of Aberdeen on the Aberdeen to Inverness A96 road.

From the north : take the A96 southeast towards Aberdeen and turn left into the airport grounds, just before the Dyce village turn off.

From the south : take the A90 north to Aberdeen from Perth. The A90 bypasses Aberdeen and meets with the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness (northwest) road. Take this road for about five miles before turning right for the airport.

From the west : the A93 approaches Aberdeen from a westerly direction and the Grampian Mountains. Turn left onto the A90 road for Aberdeen and bypass the city before joining the A96 Inverness road, which leads to Aberdeen Airport.

Facilities

Aberdeen Airport offers passengers comprehensive facilities and services and is systematically laid out to allow for straightforward access to all public areas. Passengers have access to cash machines and can exchange currency at the bureau de change booth, while left luggage, a baby-changing room and children’s play areas are also on-site.

Money: cash machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the terminal building on both floors and they accept all major credit and debit cards. There is also a bureau de change booth situated near the security desk in the main hall .

Services: concerning lost property, passengers can enquire at the information desk, while the counter next to information offers a left luggageservice (tel: +44 870 040 0006). There are baby care rooms throughout the airport including next to the information desk at Check-in, in the ladies toilets in Domestic Departures and in the disabled toilets in International Departures.

Smoking: UK law now deems it an offence to smoke in enclosed public areas therefore passengers who wish to smoke should make use of the designated smoking areas, which can be found in the domestic and international departure lounges as well as in Arrivals.

Hotels

Aberdeen Airport is a major point of entry into Scotland and one of the biggest airports in the country. The airport is served by millions of yearly passengers including both tourists and businesspeople, and is supported by a great range of hotels within minutes of the facility as well as many accommodation options in the city centre. Some of our recommended hotels include:

Thistle Hotel (four star)
The Aberdeen Airport Thistle is located on-site and takes only two minutes to reach from the airport terminal by courtesy shuttle bus. The hotel is a quality four-star establishment, offering free parking for up to 15 days and excellent general facilities including 24-hour room service, a g ym and a restaurant and bar. Room facilities at the hotel consist of satellite TV, in-house movies, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press, ironing board and tea and coffee making facilities.

Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Dyce Skean Dhu Hotel (three star)
Located in the nearby village of Dyce, Dyce Skean Dhu Hotel is a quality hotel that offers well-appointed rooms and a courtesy shuttle bus service; parking is free here for up to 15 days. General hotel facilities include a restaurant and a lounge/bar, while room facilities include internet access, telephone, satellite TV, trouser press, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 12.00. Check out: 16.00 More details and reservation online

Craighaar Hotel (three star)
The Craighaar Hotel is located near Aberdeen Airport and offers courtesy airport transfers, parking and conference facilities. The hotel is equipped with a bar and a restaurant, and rooms come with direct dial telephones, a voicemail and modem point, a radio/CD player, satellite TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12.00 More details and reservation online

Britannia Hotel (three star)
The Britannia Hotel is a three-star establishment, which is located within range of the airport; courtesy airport transfers are provided on weekdays by coach. Rates include 15 days free parking and two children under the age of 16 free, while extensive hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium and a gym as well as bars and a restaurant. Rooms come equipped with direct dial telephone, satellite TV, hairdryer, trouser press and tea and coffee making facilities.

Check in: 14:00. Check out: 11:00. More details and reservation online

Information

The information desk at Aberdeen Airport is located in the main atrium in a convenient location. Staff here can provide information on airport facilities, flights, Aberdeen tourist information and transportation options to the city.

Parking

Both short-stay and long-stay parking options are available at Aberdeen Airport as well as parking for the disabled and for off-shore oil workers at the Bloomfield Terminal. Security at the car parks is excellent and long-term spaces can be booked in advance. Payment is made by keeping your ticket and paying at the pay stations positioned in Arrivals upon your return.

Short term: there are two short-term car parks at Aberdeen Airport, with the standard one being for stays of up to five hours, with charges levied every 30 minutes up to a daily maximum. There is also the Fast Track car park, which is situated closer to the terminal than the regular short-term car park and is ideal for business travellers. The spaces here are wider than in the other car parks and patrons can pay by credit card on exit for added convenience.

Long term: better rates are available for those who want to park for long periods at Aberdeen Airport. Although the long-term car park is situated farther out than the other car parks, courtesy shuttle buses run from the facility to the terminal throughout the day. In addition, the Flightpath long-stay car park is for the use of offshore workers who will be away for 14 days or more.

Special needs: the short-term and long-term car parks both have reserved disabled parking spaces that are charged at lower rates than the standard charge. The car park shuttles are wheelchair-accessible and ramp access is also available from the short-term car park to the terminal. Disabled drivers must have their orange disabled persons’ badge on display to make use of these spaces.

Shops & Eating

Restaurants & bars: passengers will find a wide variety of places to eat at Aberdeen Airport, with several cafés, restaurants and bars available including the Food Hub, which has outlets located on both sides of security. In addition, most of the cafés and restaurants offer children’s menus .

Convenience items: passengers will find many shops located before and after security, with books and magazines available at Alpha Books Retail Trading and Baxters offering authentic Scottish gifts and foodstuffs.

Duty free shopping: Aberdeen Airport offers a comprehensive duty-free outlet in International Departures (World Duty Free), where great savings can be made when purchasing alcohol, tobacco, electronic gadgets, chocolates and perfumes.

Special Needs

Aberdeen Airport (ABZ) is well equipped to deal with passengers with special needs. The airport is a single-floor facility, making it easy to get around, and it conforms to international standards for the provision of passengers with special needs.

Aberdeen Airport is well designed with disabled travellers in mind; wide aisles and ramps have been implemented and installed where necessary and signage is large and clear. Adapted toilets have been fitted throughout the terminal and there is plenty of space for wheelchair users to move about. In addition, telephones have been adapted for the use of wheelchair-bound visitors and disabled car parking and special seating is also in place. Should you require assistance at the airport, alternatively, call your airline ahead of time if you require assistance from the car park to the airport.

For those with hearing impairments, Aberdeen Airport has induction loop systems installed throughout the terminal, so that announcements can be heard; these are marked with the letter ‘T’. In addition, there is a minicom system in the airport that can be accessed.

For partially-sighted passengers, airport signage is made up of black letters and numbers on a yellow backing for better visibility. Information staff are also able to provide blind and partially-sighted passengers with additional help.

Stopover Guide

Aberdeen is affectionately known as the ‘The Flower of Scotland’, owing to the abundance of gardens here and it also happens to be the base for explorations of gas and oil in the North Sea. Aberdeen boasts significant historical sites and has six indoor shopping malls and several pedestrianised shopping streets.

Attractions:

  • The Winter Gardens are one of Aberdeen’s star attractions and Europe’s largest garden under glass.
  • The Satrosphere is an interactive science and discovery centre with family attractions.
  • Aberdeen Fun Beach stretches along the promenade and is loaded with fun attractions as well as cafés, restaurants and bars.
  • King’s College Chapel at Aberdeen University has a fantastic art collection dating from the 15 th century, while the building itself is spectacular.
  • Marischal College is another of Aberdeen University’s buildings that happens to be the second largest granite building in the world.
  • Aberdeen is known for its brilliant museums and galleries including the Aberdeen Art Gallery.
  • The city is home to His Majesty’s Theatre, one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian theatres.

Eating and shopping: shopping and dining options in Aberdeen are enticing and varied. There are six indoor shopping malls in the town centre including the Trinity Centre and the Bon Accord Centre, where everything from designer fashion to books are available, while many unique shops can be found along Union street. Meanwhile, numerous pubs and restaurants offer everything from traditional Scottish fare to international cuisine.

Nightlife in Aberdeen is also varied, from year-round cultural performances at His Majesty’s Theatre to thumping rock and pop concerts at the Lemon Tree and live folk music at many of the city’s pubs. In addition, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre regularly stages performances by major bands.

Day trips & tours: for those who fancy exploring Aberdeen’s surroundings, the charming village of Fittie (or Footdee as it is locally known) lets you step back in time, while the nearby Grampian Mountains offer a fine day out for the entire family, with their intriguing castles and spectacular views. Perched on a cliff top, Dunnottar Castle is a must-see.

You can also take to the popular Whisky Trail (near Aberdeen) and discover the history behind some of the world’s most quaffable brand name whiskies including Glenfiddich and Glenlivet.

Terminals

Aberdeen Airport is one Scotland’s busiest airports, handling flights with some major airlines to destinations throughout the UK and Europe including flights operated by budget carriers. Facilities at the airport are commendable and include currency exchange and business facilities.

Main terminal : the main commercial terminal at Aberdeen Airport has Arrivals, Check-in and Departures situated on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the nearby Bloomfield Terminal primarily services North Sea oil rigs by chopper.

Bloomfield Terminal : open from Monday to Friday; this terminal is only used for flights to offshore North Sea oil rigs.

Transport

Transport options for getting to Aberdeen and Inverness from Aberdeen Airport are very good, with both trains and buses readily available and the main Aberdeen to Inverness A96 road running right past the airport. A fleet of taxis are always available for fast transfers to Aberdeen and hotels.

Rail & metro: the nearest rail station to Aberdeen Airport is in Dyce; a small village situated behind the airport. Trains run south from Dyce Station to Aberdeen and then on to Edinburgh, while services north to Inverness are also available at regular intervals throughout the day. You can reach all parts of the Scottish rail network from Aberdeen Railway Station as well as many other UK destinations.

Shuttles & buses: a number of different bus services run to Aberdeen city centre throughout the week and on weekends, although services on Saturdays and Sundays are less frequent. First Bus number 27 is a weekday service to Aberdeen from the airport; Stagecoach bus numbers 10, 307 and 737 also run on weekends, with the 307 running on Sundays only.

Taxi & limo: Airport Taxis are available for city transfers seven days a week and go from just outside Arrivals. Wheelchair-friendly taxis can also be requested

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