Lift off for runway refurbishment at Campbeltown Airport

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has confirmed an investment of around £4million for runway refurbishment at Campbeltown Airport.

The works will protect the long-term future of the airport and ensure lifeline and commercial services can continue to operate.

Work is expected to begin in the autumn, following consultation which is currently ongoing with all local aviation partners, including the emergency services and Loganair.  A public information event will also be held online on 10 July to keep the community updated on the planned works. 

John Lamont, Campbeltown Airport Manager, said: “We’re pleased the project is scheduled this year, as another winter would only see the runway deteriorate further. 

“As with any project of this scale, there will inevitably be some disruption to the usual services.  We anticipate the airport will be closed for a short period and we are working hard with all concerned to minimise any impact to the local community.

“This is a significant investment in the airport and for the local community and means we can return to full operations before the end of the year.”

Originally completed in 1962, the runway is showing signs of deterioration and access is currently restricted for aircraft exceeding 6.85 tonnes, in order to preserve the existing runway for essential medical, lifeline and emergency services.  

The resurfacing works will allow the removal of these restrictions and protect the runway infrastructure for a further 15 years.

A tender for the works was published on the Public Contracts Scotland website on Friday 4 June.

Details of the upcoming online community engagement event will be posted shortly on the Campbeltown Airport website: Campbeltown Airport – Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (hial.co.uk).

Photo: Raymond Hosie

Published: 7th June 2021