Barra Airport, also known as Barra Eoligarry Airport, stands out for an awsome peculiarity: aircrafts land and take off at the beach on the sand, even when there is a bit of water covering the beach. Its IATA code is BRR and its ICAO code is EGPR. The airport consists of three runways whose heads are marked by wooden poles stuck in the sand. The flying hours are limited by the tide and night flights are not allowed. Eventually airplanes made emergency night landings for which reflective strips are placed and the runway is illuminated by vehicles. The airport is the only way to fly to or from the island of Barra. The isle is located in Scotland and is part of the group of islands called the Outer Hebrides. The boarding and disembarking of passengers to the aircrafts is done on the beach. As for services for passengers, the airport has a cafe. The location of the airport, its landscape and the peculiarity of its operations, such as landing on the sand, make flying to this airport a unique experience.
In 2012, the Barra Eoligarry Airport handled 11000 passengers. Scheduled flights from the airport, whose main destination is Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, are operated by Loganair, an airline that has a franchise agreement with Flybe since 2008. The agreement means that Loganair operates some routes on behalf Flybe. Within those routes is included the one that connects Barra Airport with Glasgow Airport. Until 2008 Loganair had a franchise agreement with British Airways.
The beach area is sufficient to accommodate three runways with different directions so that aircrafts can operate in the most convenient way according to the wind and thus be able to land and take off in a short distance. One of the runways is 2621 feet (799 meters) long and is composed of runway 07 and runway 25 (both ways of a runway are denominated as separate runways), another is 2231 feet (680 meters) long and is composed of runways 11 and 29, and the third one is 2776 feet (846 meters) long and consists of runway 15 and runway 33.
Landings at Barra Airport
Barra Airport Operating
Barra Airport warning sign with a map that includes the location of the wind sock, the terminal and the three runways.
A Loganair Twin Otter (G-BVVK), in British Airways livery, lands at Barra Airport, the only one in the world where the arrival of scheduled flights varies with the tide.
Barra Airport Satellite View
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