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Campbeltown Airport

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Campbeltown Airport

Campbeltown Airport
Port-adhair Cheann Loch Chille Chiarain
RAF Machrihanish
MoD Machrihanish
Control Tower
Airport type Public
Owner Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC)
Operator HIAL(public airport)
MACC Developments Ltd. (former airbase)
Serves Campbeltown
Location Machrihanish, Argyll and Bute
Elevation AMSL 42 ft / 13 m
EGEC is located in Argyll and Bute
Location in Argyll and Bute
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,750 5,741 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 9,365
Passenger change 13–14 1.9%
Aircraft Movements 1,628
Movements change 13–14 2.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Campbeltown Airport (ICAO: EGEC) is located at Machrihanish, 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west of Campbeltown, near the tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland. The airport was formerly known as RAF Machrihanish (after the village of Machrihanish) and hosted squadrons of the Royal Air Force and other NATO air forces as well as the United States Marine Corps. The airport is at a strategic point near the Irish Sea, and was used to guard the entrance to the Firth of Clyde where US nuclear submarines were based at Holy Loch and where Royal Navy Trident missile submarines are still based at HMNB Clyde (Faslane Naval Base).

The United States Navy handed the airfield back to the MoD on June 30, 1995, marking the end of its service as a NATO facility since 1960. The airbase was sold to Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) in May 2012, and two thirds of the runway is leased to Highlands and Islands Airports for Campbeltown Airport.

At 3,049 m (10,003 ft), the original runway 11/29 at Campbeltown Airport is the longest of any public airport in Scotland. It was built between 1960 and 1962 as part of a major reconstruction for the airport's role in NATO.

Campbeltown Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P808) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Highlands & Islands Airports Limited)[3]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
operated by Loganair


  1. ^ Campbeltown - EGEC
  2. ^ Annual UK Airport Statistics: 2014 - annual
  3. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences

External links

  • Campbeltown Airport - Official website
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