Wick John O’Groats Airport ‘well placed to become energy gateway’
5th February 2014
Wick John O’Groats Airport is well placed to capture a greater share of the energy market, says Airport Station Manager William Sutherland.
His remarks followed a visit by Alan Simpson, Integrated Planning and Turnaround Manager at Chevron, to mark the end of the company’s year-long presence at the airport.
Over the course of 359 days, Chevron transported 20,000 personnel between the airport and its installations in the Captain Field and Erskine and Alba Fields.
Making a presentation to the airport staff of a specially designed commemorative artwork, Alan said: “On behalf of all of us at Chevron and particularly our Captain Field, I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to ensure the success of this venture.
“This collaboration has demonstrated the airport’s capability to support the energy sector and we trust that this gives the team at Wick John O’ Groats an excellent foundation on which to build.
“We are delighted with our experience at Wick John O’Groats and wish the team well in building on the successes of the past year.”
Airport Station Manager William Sutherland said: “Chevron has been an important partner for Wick John O’Groats. Over the past year the airport has shown that it has the capability to support the energy sector and we are delighted at the success of Chevron’s venture here, and in the growth of the airport more generally. We are confident that we can secure further energy related business for the airport, and for the local community.”
In 2013, passenger numbers at Wick John O’Groats increased by 36% to 46,433, making it the fastest growing airport in the HIAL network.
Regional airport operator HIAL has handled more passengers than ever, according to latest figures for the last financial year. The airport group, which operates 11 airports across Scotland, handled 1,437,625 passengers in 2015/16, up by more than 6000 on the previous year.
Airport operator HIAL's strong run of growth in 2015 continued in the last quarter according to latest figures. In the third quarter (July to September), the group recorded an extra 12,522 passengers (up 3.1%) compared to the same period in 2014.
Island airports soar but overall numbers dip slightly at HIAL. Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airport fell slightly in the third quarter of the year, though a number of island airports reported soaring growth.
Passenger numbers at regional airport operator HIAL climbed to their highest ever level in the latest financial year, as the group stepped up its investment for the future. The company's annual report and accounts for the year 2013/14 show that almost 70,000 extra passengers used the group's 11 airports during the year.
Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airports grew by almost 8000 during the last quarter, with the group's island airports driving growth. Latest figures for the last quarter (April - June) show that passenger numbers at HIALâ€™s 11 airports grew by 7806, an increase of 2.2% on the same quarter last year.
* Energy sector drives huge growth at Sumburgh and Wick John Oâ€™Groats * Extra 70,000 passengers across the group * Sumburgh is Scotlandâ€™s fastest growing airport * Inverness enjoys best performance for five years * But smaller airports affected by reduced capacity Scottish regional airport operator HIAL has recorded its busiest ever year, attracting an extra 70,000 passengers over the past 12 months, according to latest figures. HIALâ€™s 11 airports handled 1,367,342 passengers in the 2013/14 financial year, an increase of 5.4% on the previous year (an additional 69,666 passengers).
Increased demand for business and tourism flights saw passenger numbers grow by more than 5,100 at HIALâ€™s regional airports last month. Latest figures show the number of passengers using the airports in February increased by 5.9% to 92,607, compared to February 2013.
HIAL passenger numbers up by 10%. The number of air passengers using Scotland’s regional airports grew by more than 10% last month.
Visiting Wick John O’Groats Airport recently, Highlands and Islands (Scottish Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant has praised the boost in airport usage by around 120 % due to the increased demand from the energy industry. Chevron uses Wick John O' Groats Airport as its base to transport offshore workers to its rigs.
Passenger numbers grew by more than 11,000 at Scotland’s regional airports last month. Latest figures show that HIAL’s 11 airports handled 126,672 passengers in September, an increase of 11,229 (+9.7%) on the same month last year.
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