Highlands and Islands Airports

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is the company that owns and operates 11 airports in the Scottish Highlands, the Northern Isles and the Western Isles. The company is wholly owned by the Scottish Government, and is categorised as Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB) of the Scottish Government.[1]

This is for the company operating airports in Scotland, for the operator for Hyderabad Airport, see Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

The company is based at Inverness Airport.


Highlands and Islands Airports Limited was incorporated on 4 March 1986 by the Civil Aviation Authority. In 1995, ownership transferred from the CAA to the Secretary of State for Scotland, and to the Scottish Ministers upon devolution.

The company was criticised for a PFI deal signed to build a new terminal at Inverness Airport, which meant that HIAL had to pay £3.50 to the PFI operator for every passenger flying from the airport. In 2006, the PFI deal was cancelled, costing the Scottish Executive £27.5m. [2]


It receives subsidies from public funds under terms of the Civil Aviation Act 1982.[3] For the year ending 31 March 2018, HIAL received £29.2 million of public money, of £20.6m was classed as revenue subsidy, and £8.6m was capital investment.[4]


HIAL operates the following airports:[5]


  1. "National public bodies directory - Executive non-departmental public bodies". Scottish Government. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  2. "Deal to buy out airport terminal". BBC News. 20 January 2006.
  3. "About Us". Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. "Annual Report 2017-18" (PDF). Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. p. 8. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  5. HIAL- Airports Archived 12 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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