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 typePublic
OperatorArgyll and Bute Council
ServesOban
LocationNorth Connel, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates56°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
Websitehttp://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/.../obanairport
Map
EGEO is located in Argyll and Bute
EGEO
Location in Argyll and Bute
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
01/191,2634,144Porous Asphalt
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
 
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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 typePublic
OperatorArgyll and Bute Council
ServesOban
LocationNorth Connel, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates56°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
Websitehttp://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/.../obanairport
Map
EGEO is located in Argyll and Bute
EGEO
Location in Argyll and Bute
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
01/191,2634,144Porous 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[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.

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]

AirlinesDestinations
Hebridean Air ServicesColl, 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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