10 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 10 MAY 2021

Hebridean Air

Not to be confused with the small ship cruise line with a similar name, but also based at Oban, Hebridean Air has continued to fly essential services during the pandemic.

The tiny port of Oban is just under 100 miles north of Glasgow from where it is also linked by rail, said to be one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world.

Hebridean Air Services Ltd was created in 1995 operating scheduled service fights out of Oban Airport on the mainland to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay under a Public Service Obligation (PSO) agreement with Argyll & Bute Council flying a single Britten-Norman (BN) Islander. Since 2016 it has been part of the Airtask Group of companies based at Cranfield.

Airtask was established in 1983 and specialises in customised flying tasks including fishery patrols and work for the British Army in Kenya. They currently operate ten aircraft, ranging from a DA42 to the BAE 146-301 which is used for atmospheric research.

Sister company Shetland Islands Inter Island Service is based at Tingwall Airport near Lerwick, with two Islander aircraft supporting the islands of Fair Isle and Foula.

Services on both airlines are bookable, but due to the limited seats (nine passengers plus pilot) essential travellers will always gain priority.  The aircraft also supply vital cargo support.  

See also BTN 5 October 2015 Oban seeks Glasgow link.  No progress has been made with this project.





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