Port-adhair Cheann Loch Chille Chiarain
|IATA: CAL – ICAO: EGEC|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Highlands and Islands Airports Limited|
|Location||Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute|
|Elevation AMSL||42 ft / 13 m|
|Sources: UK AIP at NATS
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority
Campbeltown Airport (Scottish Gaelic: Port-adhair Cheann Loch Chille Chiarain) (IATA: CAL, ICAO: EGEC) is located at Machrihanish, 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west of Campbeltown, near the tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland. It is still owned by the Ministry of Defence, under a 'care and maintenance' programme, but a part of the airport is now run as a commercial enterprise by the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, a company under the control of the Scottish Government.
The airport was formerly known as RAF Machrihanish (after the village of Machrihanish) and hosted squadrons of the Royal Air Force and other NATO air forces as well as the United States Marine Corps. It is now called MoD Machrihanish. The airport is at a strategic point near the Irish Sea, and was used to guard the entrance to the Firth of Clyde where US nuclear submarines were based at Holy Loch and where Royal Navy Trident missile submarines are still based at HMNB Clyde (Faslane Naval Base).
Permanent full-time military operations ceased in 1997.
At 3,049 m (10,003 ft), the original runway 11/29 at Campbeltown Airport is the longest of any public airport in Scotland. It was built between 1960 and 1962 as part of a major reconstruction for the airport's role in NATO.
Campbeltown Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P808) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Highlands & Islands Airports Limited)
Airlines and destinations
operated by Loganair
Lufthansa operated by Lufthansa Cityline also proposed flight to Frankfurt Airport followed by Air France by HOP Regional to Charles De Gaulle Airport with KLM Cityhopper to Amsterdam Airport in the future.