Dundee Airport is located 3km from the centre of Dundee, Scotland or, for navigation purposes, 0.5NM south of the city. It lies on the shore of the Firth of Tay and overlooks the Tay Rail Bridge.Dundee Airport is the closest airport to the championship golf courses at St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie.HistoryThe airport was opened in 1963 on land reclaimed from the Firth of Tay. Originally it had a 900m grass runway. The first scheduled air service began on 5 July 1966, with a service to Glasgow. A fortnight later a feeder service was added for Turnhouse and Prestwick. The service was stopped on 31 October 1967 after British Eagle reported £10,000 losses. Around this time the control of Dundee City Council changed from Labour to Conservative and the airport was closed and the land used by Dundee University as playing fields. When control of the Council changed back again to Labour the airport was reopened.The grass runway was replaced by a 1100m long tarmac runway in the 1970s and extended to the current length of 1400m in the 1990s. The airport was granted "customs airport" status on 16 April 1982 and runway edge lights were added in 1983. The current terminal was opened in 1997 by the then EU transport commissioner Neil Kinnock.