Barra Airport (Scotland)
Barra Airport (Scottish Gaelic: Port-adhair Bharraigh) (IATA: BRR, ICAO: EGPR) (also known as Barra Eoligarry Airport) is a short-runway airport (or STOLport) situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. Barra Airport opened in 1936.
The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends, in directions 07/25, 11/29, 15/33. This almost always allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea: flight times vary with the tide. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights used to illuminate the runway and reflective strips laid on to the beach.
Barra Airport also has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P792) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Highlands & Islands Airports Limited). The aerodrome is not licensed for night use.
Airlines and destinations
- The beach is also popular with visitors and cockle pickers, who are asked to observe the windsock to see if the airport is in operation.
- In 2011, Barra Airport was voted No.1 in the world's top airport approaches by a poll conducted by PrivateFly.com. The previous year, Barra took 10th place.
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Sunset From Traigh Eais
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Twin Otter landing at Barra Airport
- Barra - EGPR
- UK Airport Statistics: 2007 - annual
- "Barra Airport". Highlands and Islands Airports Limited. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
- Khan, Stephen (2002-11-10). "Dogfight over Barra to keep air link open". The Observer. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
- Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
- "Top 10 Airport Approaches 2011". PrivateFly.com. November 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- Times subject to Tides - The Story of Barra Airport, Roy Calderwood, Kea Publishing 1999 ISBN 978-0-9518958-3-2 http://www.keapublishing.com