Flights to Shetland

Several flights per day to and from the major Scottish airports and a twice weekly flight from Bergen make Shetland an easy destination to reach by air.

Flights from major UK airports to Shetland...

Loganair's franchise-holder Flybe operates frequent daily flights to Sumburgh Airport, Shetland (LSI) from:

  • Aberdeen (65 minutes)
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Inverness (1 hour 40 minutes) via Orkney (35 minutes).

You can easily reach Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness from London and other parts of the UK. Aberdeen has the additional advantage that, should there be any disruption to flights, it is often possible to transfer to the overnight ferry. If you are travelling from outside the UK and would prefer to by-pass London’s ‘bottleneck’ airports, Edinburgh and Glasgow have flights from many European cities, some North American airports and the Middle Eastern hubs of Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi. Aberdeen is the usual hub for air passengers bound for Shetland from Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

If you are travelling from or through London, you may wish to note that you can also book your ticket all the way to Shetland through the British Airways website, as the Flybe flights into Shetland are all code-shared with BA.

Flights from Bergen to Shetland

  • Flybe operate direct flights from Shetland to Bergen once a week during the summer months - 2017 dates will be updated here soon.
  • Bergen Air also operate direct flights from Shetland to Bergen every Monday and Thursday - this service is available all year round.

​Useful information

  • Aberdeen Airport Guide - the definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around Aberdeen Airport.
  • Aberdeen Airport is run by the British Airports Authority and has a frequent bus service from the city centre bus and train stations.
  • Note: Airport security at Aberdeen is particularly strict, in part because of the North Sea oilfield traffic.
  • Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd operates Shetland's main airport at Sumburgh, 25 miles south of the county town of Lerwick.
  • The Sumburgh Airport is on the service bus route and has a taxi rank and hire car desk. Free short-term and long-term parking is available at Sumburgh.

Planning Your Flights

Flying to Shetland is generally more expensive than the Northlink ferries but journey times are much quicker - less than an hour in the air compared with about 12 hours by sea. Although most flights depart and arrive on time, in summer the schedules can be disrupted by fog and in winter by gales, so be prepared for delays.

Inter-Island Flights In Shetland

Within Shetland, Direct Flight operates inter-island flights to Fair Isle, Foula, Papa Stour and Skerries - from Tingwall airstrip, six miles west of Lerwick.

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