Five-week airport closure as runway refurbished

Machrihanish Airbase Community Company Business Park and Campbeltown Airport. Photograph: RCAHMS.
Campbeltown Airport's runway is to be refurbished. Photograph: RCAHMS.

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Campbeltown Airport is set to close for five weeks while its runway undergoes an estimated £4 million refurbishment.

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL), which operates and manages the airport and 10 others around Scotland, hosted a virtual public consultation event last Thursday, September 16, to provide a runway refurbishment update as the project is set to begin.

Following the appointment of a contractor, work is to begin on Monday October 4 until Wednesday November 10.

Originally completed in 1962, the runway is showing signs of deterioration.

The refurbishment work will involve: reducing the main runway width to 30m; 100mm asphalt overlay, geo-synthetic asphalt reinforcement; and airfield ground lighting to suit 30m runway width.

This investment will preserve the long-term future of the runway and allow the removal of the aircraft weight restrictions that are in place at the moment.

Campbeltown airport, where the check-in changes came in to place on Monday.
Customers booked to travel during the closure period should contact their airlines.

‘Currently, the runway is restricted to aircraft below 6.85 tonnes in weight to preserve it for essential medical, lifeline and emergency services,’ said John Lamont, Campbeltown Airport manager. ‘This significant investment will not only allow us to return to full operations, it will protect the runway infrastructure for a further 15 years.

‘Unfortunately, as with any project of this scale, there will be some disruption to usual services. The airport will close from Monday October 4 to Wednesday November 10 to allow the works to be completed.

‘We are working closely with our partner agencies to minimise the impact of the closure.’

Anyone booked to travel during the closure period should contact their airlines about the booking.

Once completed, the work will allow the airport to return to full operation before the end of the year.

For more information about the project, visit the ‘Runway Upgrade at Campbeltown Airport’ page on HIAL’s website at