An airstrip was built on Unst as a community project by the Royal Engineers. It was opened in 1970 and Loganair, operating Britten Norman Islander aircraft, operated scheduled services between Unst, some of the other Shetland Islands and Tingwall on the Shetland Mainland. This service ceased a few years ago. Passengers on clear days were rewarded with some of the best views of Shetland. For a short period the Islander services connected to a scheduled Shorts 360 flight to & from Edinburgh.
Many servicemen and civilians were thankful for Loganair's operations in Shetland as they also operated the Air Ambulance Service on behalf of the SAS (Scottish Ambulance Service in this particular instance).