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The UK is crammed with dozens of airports and airfields which can be used for quite a lot of functions and occasions.

On one hand, there are airfields made up of grass runways with a number of buildings at one finish and on the opposite are leviathans corresponding to Heathrow and Gatwick that cater for tens of millions of passengers each single yr.

One airport that lies someplace within the center is Stornoway Airport in Scotland which sees round 100,000 passengers go via its doorways yearly.

Operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, it’s an airport that has lately undergone some adjustments to raised defend it from the surroundings.

Earlier this yr, a £5.3m coastal safety mission to defend the airport was accomplished.

The mission noticed over 36,000 tonnes of what HIAL described as “rock armour” positioned on the seashore sides of the runway.

In a press release, HIAL defined that with out restoration “the loss of the sand dunes which shield the airfield and taxiway would ultimately have put the airport at risk of flooding during severe weather and storm conditions”.

Following the completion of the essential work, one in every of HIAL’s General Managers Duncan C M Smith mentioned the mission would defend the airport for many years.

He defined: “We are extremely pleased that these works have been completed and which will be of massive benefit to the long-term future of Stornoway Airport and to the coastal defences of the Western Isles.

“When we noticed that coastal erosion was becoming a significant issue on the north-east quartile of the beach next to the airport, plans were swiftly put in place to restore the coastal defences and maintain airport infrastructure which would all have been at risk if the work had not been carried out.

“The completion of the 16-month project has provided the solution needed to protect our airport infrastructure and surrounding area from erosion for decades to come.”

On the airport’s significance, HIAL mentioned: “The airport provides a key access point to Lewis, Harris and the wider Outer Hebrides Archipelago, providing lifeline services for tourism, business and medical services.”