Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ/EGPD)


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Other major reasons to serve this airport

March 2014: Carol Benzie, Managing Director, Aberdeen Airport (centre) celebrates another route launch – a previously unserved connection to airBaltic’s Riga hub. New carriers are attracted by Aberdeen’s central role in energy with over 900 resident companies focusing on North Sea Oil and renewables.

  • Aberdeen is Europe’s energy capital and a global energy hub, with approximately 1,500 directly in the energy sector
  • Oil and gas supply chain companies are truly global with sales in over 100 countries worldwide
  • Aberdeen city and shire had a higher rate of international business visitors at 42% compared to 16% for the rest of Scotland
  • The Royal Balmoral and the Royal Deeside castle and whisky trails are a consistent draw for inbound tourism
  • Aberdeen city had the highest average gross disposable household income in the UK
  • Aberdeen city and shire has the second highest GVA per capita in the UK behind inner London
  • A multimillion pound terminal transformation and expansion is underway
  • AIA total passengers grew 36% between 2010 and 2014
  • Recently announced routes include Reykjavik with Icelandair, and Warsaw with Wizz Air, both commencing in 2016

Marketing and other support

In June 2015 Aberdeen International Airport welcomed Wizz Air, operating twice weekly between Aberdeen and Gdansk. The inaugural crew were presented with a Quaich upon arrival.

  • Incentives available for new, unserved routes
  • Routes Europe 2013 marketing award winners (airports under 4m pax category)
  • Uniquely connected to key stakeholders in Aberdeen city and shire
  • Continuous support allocated for routes from announcement onwards

Catchment Area

Aberdeen: It’s more than an energy marketplace.

  • Aberdeen city has the highest average gross disposable household income in the UK
  • Aberdeen city and shire has the second highest GVA per capita in the UK behind inner London
  • AIA catchment region residents fly on average 5.3 times per year
  • Aberdeen city and shire has the 13th highest GDP per capita of the 271 regions across the European Union

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

The Captain Platform on the Moray Firth 100km north of Aberdeen. Energy-related freight operations have seen ABZ grow its freight operations in recent years.

Energy is a key driver of the local economy with up to 40,000 related jobs and over 900 energy companies based in the city and surrounding area. The renewables industry now also plays a vital role in developing transferable skills and experience within the energy sector.

A £10 million ($16m) 124 metre runway extension was completed in 2011 allowing airlines to operate bigger aircraft further. Meanwhile a multimillion pound terminal transformation and expansion is also underway.

Tourism: Home to 58 golf courses including Trump International Golf Links, and Royal Aberdeen, host of the 2014 Scottish Open…and a few other things Scotland is famous for.

Airport Growth/key stats:

  • AIA international passengers grew 49% between 2010 and 2014
  • AIA total passengers grew 36% between 2010 and 2014
  • 2014 was the busiest year in AIA’s history
  • AIA is the best connected regional airport in the UL for daily hub connections
  • AIA is the best connected UK to UK airport in the UK
  • 65% of passengers travel for business
  • A multimillion pound terminal transformation and expansion is underway

Energy:

  • 572,000 helicopter passengers in 2014- serving the North Sea energy industry
  • Aberdeen is Europe’s energy capital and a global energy hub, with approximately 1,500 directly in the energy sector
  • Oil and gas supply chain companies are truly global with sales in over 100 countries worldwide
  • The region is home to the greatest concentration of subsea engineering and operational experience in the world

Tourism:

  • Aberdeen city and shire had a higher rate of international business visitors at 42% compared to 16% for the rest of Scotland
  • The Royal Balmoral and the Royal Deeside castle and whisky trails are a consistent draw for inbound tourism
  • With 58 golf courses including Trump International, Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen, golf in the North-East of Scotland was valued at over £20 million in 2012
  • £660m tourism market expected to grow by £160m by 2020 

The market gaps:

  • AIA has 280,000 unserved and undeserved seats
  • Key unserved opportunities are: ALC, BRU, BLA, MAD, MLA, PFO
  • Business opportunities exist for:
  • Marketing support is available.  Collaboration is key and long term.  AIA were Routes Europe 2013 Marketing Award Winners (Airports under 4m passengers)

Infrastructure & Operations

  • 4 runways: one fixed wing, plus three helicopter runways
  • Runway length: 1,953m x 46m
  • 5 terminals: one passenger terminal, 1 offshore fixed-wing terminal, plus three helicopter terminals
  • 24 hours, 365 days a year
    • Slot coordinated: Yes
    • Minimum connect time: 30 minutes
    • Winter operations capability 

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Multimillion pound terminal transformation and expansion underway
  • Improved baggage reclaim
  • Increased capacity airline lounges
  • Improved security product
  • New retail and commercial offerings

Financials