Dundee Airport

(Riverside Airport)

Control Tower and Terminal Building, Dundee Airport
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Control Tower and Terminal Building, Dundee Airport

Dundee Airport is situated on land reclaimed from the River Tay just 1½ miles (2.5 km) from the centre of the city. Opened in 1963, this small airport primarily caters for private flying and business flights, with very limited scheduled and charter services. In 1997, a new terminal was opened by the EU transport commissioner, Neil Kinnock. Operated by the Dundee City Council until 2007, when control passed to the government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Limited. In recent years passenger numbers have declined, with only 21,942 passengers using the airport in 2015. In an attempt to reverse this trend, its first scheduled international service came in 2016 with a daily flight to Schiphol in the Netherlands.

Dundee Airport now has a single 1400m (4593 feet) runway, which was extended from 1100m (3609 feet) in the 1990s. This tarmac runway replaced a grass strip in the 1990s. The airport has the International Air Transport Association (IATA) location code 'DND'.

The street names here (Mayo Avenue and Mercury Way) commemorate the Short Mayo-Mercury composite flying boat; two planes attached one to the other, designed to make non-stop transatlantic flights. The composite established a record when it flew 6045 miles (9726 km) non-stop from Dundee to South Africa in 1938 - still the world's longest seaplane flight. A plaque commemorating the flight can be found to the east on the Dundee waterfront.

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