Inverness is the UK’s most northern city and established ‘capital’ of the Highlands. As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Inverness holds a key central location and provides the main gateway to a Highland Region. Inverness Airport Business Park is strategically positioned to the East of Inverness City and provides occupiers with excellent transport links and connectivity by air, road and rail.
Inverness Airport is managed by Highlands & Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), a limited company wholly owned by the Scottish Government and headquartered in Inverness. There are over 30 scheduled flights from Inverness Airport every day where the main airline operators are easyJet and Flybe. Inverness Airport handled over 678,000 passengers in 2015, up by 8% and its best performance for seven years with an average annual growth of 5% since 2010. Last year, over 2,260 private flights were handled by Signature and The Highland Jet Centre which ranks Inverness as the number one airport in Scotland for Business Aviation. In addition to Inverness Airport’s new business suite The Exchange, Swissport offer a modern and comfortable Executive Lounge with superb hospitality and an airfield view. Leading car hire companies Europcar, Avis, Budget and Enterprise already operate from Inverness Airport and there is a dedicated taxi rank outside the Terminal Building along with a regular public bus service operated by Stagecoach.
Inverness Airport Business Park offers direct access to the A96 Corridor and the planned upgrade from Inverness to Nairn is already underway with the full Inverness to Aberdeen route scheduled to be dualled by 2030. The A9 is Scotland’s longest trunk road and is 8.5-miles from Inverness Airport Business Park. The £3bn A9 road upgrade and dualling between Inverness and Perth has already started with completion scheduled for 2025. Inverness Airport Business Park provides excellent accessibility by road and is a hugely important Highland Gateway for the mobilisation of goods and services across the region. Journey times to key destinations across Scotland vary with Aberdeen 104-miles, Edinburgh 155-miles, Glasgow 168-miles, Perth 112-miles, Wick 103-miles and Fort William 65-miles away.
Inverness Airport Rail Halt is due to open in 2018 subject to planning and funding approval and will be adjacent to the Inverness Airport Business Park Airside & Railside Developments. The Rail Halt will be situated on the main Inverness-Aberdeen train line and will initially have c150 parking spaces for rail passengers including park-and-ride customers. Inverness Train Station is 9-miles from Inverness Airport and provides daily services to key destinations such as London Euston (Caledonian Sleeper), London Kings Cross (Virgin East Coast), Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Perth, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh. There are currently 12 direct services a day from Inverness to Aberdeen (running from 5am to midnight) with line upgrades and dualling scheduled to commence in 2018.