Airport’s 80 years of serving North-east

The airport held celebrations to mark the occasion(via Facebook)
The airport held celebrations to mark the occasion(via Facebook)

Aberdeen International Airport has celebrated a major milestone in the history of the Dyce terminal – its 80th birthday.

Opened officially on July 28, 1934, it has grown from a small operation on the east side of the current airfield into Scotland’s third busiest airport - with the fifth busiest runway in the UK.

Celebrations have been taking place to mark the milestone including events for staff, for the local business and political community as well as birthday cake for some of the passengers flying on the big day.

The airport also welcomed a very special visitor on Monday, Norman Robertson from Oldmeldrum, who shares a birthday with the airport, having been born as it was opening in 1934.

Norman was unaware that he shared the special day until he was found, via his daughter, through an online appeal for fellow octogenarians. Both were at the airport and treated as VIPs for the day.

MD Carol Benzie said: “This airport has grown almost beyond recognition over the last 80 years.

“We are taking a major step in the coming months as we embark upon the first real phase of the terminal transformation project.

“This will see the demolition of an existing building on-site to make way for our extension.”