Argyll and Bute Council has come to an agreement with Hebridean Air Services Ltd to resume the Council’s Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes from Oban Airport to the isles of Coll, Tiree and Colonsay.
The announcement comes the day after the Council exhausted discussions with the Administrator for Highland Airways.
This afternoon, Hebridean Air Services has agreed to take over the routes, previously operated by Highland Airways which is now in receivership.
These services include the scholar flights – which bring school pupils from those islands who attend Oban High School, to and from home at weekends when they wish.
The scheduled services will start again on Tuesday 6th April, 2010.
Hebridean Air Services work out of Cumbernauld Airport. They are Britten Norman Islander aircraft specialists and do charter flights.
They occasionally supplied th aircraft G-HEBS to Highland for maintenance cover. The company owners are said to be nice people and they actually tendered for the original route awards against Highland Airways.
They have a seven month contract to operate the services from Oban – and they will be employing the hugely popular and respected former Highland Airways pilot, Julie Angell (one of those appropriate names you couldn’t make up) – so the passengers will be happy.
We don’t yet know what the booking arrangements or schedule will be but we will publish this information when we get it.