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History of Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen Airport:

So how did it all begin?

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Aberdeen airport came into being in 1931 when a piece of land in Dyce, near Aberdeen, was acquired with the intention of being used as a public aerodrome. The Dyce Airport officially opened on the 28 July 1934.

It was initially used mainly for the flights to the Northern Isles. World War Two had a significant impact on the role of the airport, as it became primarily used as a military base.

In 1967 with the discovery of North Sea oil, the airport's first oil-related helicopter movements took place, linking oil rigs to the mainand. This was the beginning of a well established role for Aberdeen airport, as by 1988 the airport was recognised as the world's busiest helicopter base.

In 1975 the Civil Aviation Authority handed the airport over to the British Airports Authority, who started a £10-million investment and opened a new passenger terminal only 2 years later.

Aberdeen airport plays a crucial part in Scotland's oil industry, with a large number of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft using the airport as a hub for oil-related activity.

To this day, Aberdeen airport is the world's busiest heliport, with over 35,000 rotary wing movements every year.

In July 2009 the Aberdeen Airport celebrated its 75th birthday.