Oban Airport

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Oban Airport
North Connel Airport
Oban Airport from 600feet.jpg
Oban Airport from 600 ft (180 m)
IATA: OBNICAO: EGEO
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Argyll and Bute Council
Serves Oban
Location North Connel, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL 24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 56°27′49″N 005°24′00″W / 56.46361°N 5.40000°W / 56.46361; -5.40000Coordinates: 56°27′49″N 005°24′00″W / 56.46361°N 5.40000°W / 56.46361; -5.40000
Website http://obanandtheislesairports.com/
Map
EGEO is located in Argyll and Bute
EGEO
EGEO
Location in Argyll and Bute
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,264 4,147 Porous Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Oban Airport (IATA: OBNICAO: EGEO) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) northeast[1] of Oban, near the village of North Connel, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Operated by Argyll and Bute council, it has a CAA licence as a commercial airport following recent upgrading. Currently[when?] Hebridean Air Services[2] is the only airline based at Oban. It operates scheduled flights on two routes, to the Isles of Colonsay and Islay return and to the Isles of Coll and Tiree return.

Sightseeing flights also operate out of Oban Airport by Fly Scenic Scotland & Border Air throughout the year, with trips around the Loch Linnhe area. Flights include sites such as the Oban, Gulf of Corryvreckan, Tobermory, Castle Stalker and The Bridge over the Atlantic.

The airstrips[3] on the Islands of Coll and Colonsay, also operated by Argyll and Bute council, have benefitted from extensive upgrading to enable them to attain CAA licensing to allow for commercial traffic.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Hebridean Air Services Coll, Colonsay, Islay, Tiree

Incidents[edit]

In April 2007, three people were killed after their light aircraft crashed after take-off from the airport. Their destination was Andrewsfield Aerodrome.[4]

Controversy[edit]

There has been controversy about the running of the airport by Argyll and Bute Council, mainly in the letters and news pages of The Oban Times. It is claimed that costs have soared and the amount of traffic dropped since the takeover.[5] There have been additional claims that the airport fire appliance has been sabotaged.[6]

There was further controversy in July 2009 when Argyll Aero Club 'PK' erected a fence around the land that it leases from the airport. The council claimed this reduced the length of the runway meaning fixed wing ambulance flights cannot land.[7]

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