North Connel Airport
|Oban Airport from 600 ft (180 m)|
|IATA: OBN – ICAO: EGEO|
|Operator||Argyll and Bute Council|
|Location||North Connel, Argyll and Bute|
|Elevation AMSL||24 ft / 7 m|
|Sources: UK AIP at NATS|
Oban Airport (IATA: OBN, ICAO: EGEO) is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) northeast 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 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 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
|Hebridean Air Services||Coll, Colonsay, Islay, Tiree|
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. There have been additional claims that the airport fire appliance has been sabotaged.
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.