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Oban Airport
North Connel Airport
Oban Airport from 600feet.jpg
Oban Airport from 600 feet
IATA: OBNICAO: EGEO
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Argyll and Bute
Serves Oban
Location North Connel, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL 23 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 56°27′49″N 005°24′00″W / 56.46361°N 5.4°W / 56.46361; -5.4 (Oban Airport)Coordinates: 56°27′49″N 005°24′00″W / 56.46361°N 5.4°W / 56.46361; -5.4 (Oban Airport)
Website http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/.../obanairport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,263 4,144 Porous Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Oban Airport (IATA: OBNICAO: EGEO) is located 5 NM (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 Highland Airways is the only airline based at Oban and operate scheduled flights on two routes. The first route departs Oban to the Isle of Colonsay return and the second leaves Oban bound for the Isles of Coll and Tiree return.

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.

Contents

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Highland Airways Colonsay, Coll

Incidents

In April 2007, three people were killed after their light aircraft crashed after take-off from the airport. Their destination was Essex.

Controversy

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.[2] There have been additional claims that the airport fire appliance has been sabotaged.[3]

There was more controversy in July 2009 when Argyll Aero Club erected a fence around the land that they lease from the airport. The council claims this reduces the length of the runway so ambulance flights cannot land though fixed wing air ambulances do not use the airport.[4]

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