5 OCTOBER 2015


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Article from BTNews 5 OCTOBER 2015

Oban seeks Glasgow link

Expressions of interest are being sought by Oban Airport for an airline or aircraft operator to fly a schedule to and from Glasgow.

The facility is about 9.3km northeast of the town of Oban and is operated by Argyll and Bute council. It has a CAA licence as a commercial airport.

The only airline currently based there is Hebridean Air Services, which operates scheduled Public Service Obligation flights to the Western Isles using a BN2 Islander.

Tom Eddleston, Station Manager at Oban and the Isles Airports, said the Oban – Glasgow route does not incur APD and would be ideally suited to an aircraft of up to 20 seats.

The proposal for a new service follows a survey report in 2013 and ‘a lot of local interest’ in an additional route to Central Scotland.

"We have held talks with Glasgow Airport and they have been very positive," Eddleston added. "The options we are looking at are seasonal weekend and year-round flights. There is also an interest in a link to the Isle of Barra, although anyone interested should take into consideration the aircraft type that could be used for this landing."

Expressions of interest and requests for further additional information should be emailed to thomas.eddleston@argyll-bute.gov.uk 

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Roy Pedersen, Inverness

Surely an Oban - Edinburgh service would be more viable and benificial. It would be a longer sector and link the Scottish capital/parliament/tourist honeypot with the capital of the West Highlands with onward connection to the islands.

Andrew Sharp, Surbiton

Oban Airport is a short-ish and very scenic walk from Connel Ferry station, first stop out of Oban on the line to Glasgow.