As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Inverness holds a key central location and provides the main gateway to the Highland region. Inverness Airport Business Park is strategically positioned to the east of Inverness city and is widely regarded as the major transport hub for the North of Scotland, providing occupiers with excellent transport links and connectivity by air, road and rail.
Inverness Airport is managed by Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd., a limited company wholly owned by the Scottish Government and headquartered in Inverness. There are 50 scheduled commercial flights each day (please see Winter Schedule 2017-18 for further details) and Inverness Airport handled 854,959 passengers in 2017, an increase of 6.3% on the previous year. New services to London Heathrow (via British Airways) and Amsterdam (via KLM) opened in May 2016 and have performed exceptionally well, while demand for established services (via easyJet, Loganair and Flybe) to Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and Belfast City has continued to be strong. Flights to Bergen (Norway) and Norwich start in 2018. In addition, Inverness is a leading airport for Business Aviation in Scotland with c2500 private flights in 2016 (up 4% on 2015), all of which were handled by Signature Flight Support and The Highland Jet Centre.
In 2016 Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd. invested £900k to expand and upgrade the Airport Terminal, providing more seating capacity, new retail and catering facilities along with a new standalone international arrivals hall. In addition to Inverness Airport’s business suite The Exchange, the new Aspire Lounge (by Swissport) offers modern and comfortable hospitality with an excellent view of the airfield. Leading car hire companies Europcar, Avis and Budget currently operate from Inverness Airport. There is also a dedicated taxi rank outside the Airport Terminal with a regular public bus service operated by Stagecoach and a new Bus Stop will be operating from Phase 1 in 2018.
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 North of Scotland. This key strategic location 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. For more information please visit A96 dualling Inverness to Aberdeen and view a Conceptual Design Video on the Transport Scotland website.
The A9 is Scotland’s longest trunk road and is 8-miles from Inverness Airport Business Park where the construction of the new A9/A96 Link Road & Longman Interchange (as part of the Inverness & Highland City-Region Deal) will greatly improve connecting travel times. The £3bn A9 road upgrade and dualling between Inverness and Perth started in 2015 with completion scheduled for 2025. For more information please visit A9 dualling Perth to Inverness on the Transport Scotland website.
Journey times to key destinations across Scotland vary with Aberdeen 104-miles, Perth 112-miles, Edinburgh 155-miles, Glasgow 168-miles, Wick 103-miles and Fort William 65-miles from Inverness Airport Business Park.
The detailed planning application for the Inverness Airport (Dalcross) Station was approved by The Highland Council in February 2017 and all being well it should be open by 2020. The site is located on Inverness Airport Business Park and will be adjacent to the Airside & Railside Developments. The Rail Halt will be situated on the main Inverness-Aberdeen train line and a shuttle-bus will be in operation to transport rail passengers to-and-from the Airport Terminal and Inverness Airport Business Park. There will also initially be 150 parking spaces for park-and-ride customers. Journey times from Inverness to Aberdeen are approx. 2hrs 15m and there are currently 14 direct services a day from Inverness to Aberdeen with 17 direct services from Aberdeen to Inverness (all running between 5am and midnight). For more information please visit Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Improvements on the Transport Scotland website.
Inverness Train Station is 9-miles from Inverness Airport and provides additional daily services to key destinations such as London Euston (Caledonian Sleeper), London Kings Cross (Virgin East Coast), Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wick (Far North Line) and Kyle of Lochalsh.