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CalMac Unreliability

This winter there has been a stream of media reports re CalMac’s unreliability .

The issue was an agenda item at the March TCC meeting, at which after considerable discussion and debate it was decided TCC would make a submission to the CalMac Community Board,  for its April Board meeting.

The submission has been made and TCC will report on its  outcome

TCC to CCB re Calmac Unreliability 19 April

TCC’s submission endorsed a comparable submission from Mull

Mull’s submission is offered here for your reference

Mull CalMac winter reliability.


Drones: CAA Restrictions to Tiree

Airspace Restrictions Prohibits The Use of Drones on A Significant Portion of Tiree   

Drones Regulations as issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (13/03/19) have a direct impact on the use of drones on Tiree .
Please refer to the map below:
A complete ban on Drone activity applies in areas (shaded in blue) 
You will note that the TMF site falls within this new restricted area, but windsurfers and those attending the Tiree Ultra and 10k have been known, on a few occasions, to use drones for photo opportunities within these areas too.
The Gatwick Drone incident obviously influenced this CAA ruling .
Awareness of these restrictions should be made available as and where possible.

Banked Flights

Banked Flights :

TTF and LoganAir have agreed to the same banked flights for 2019 as we had in 2018 Ie

1. Additional Easter Friday flight (any time) on Friday 05th April
2. Tiree 10k – Additional morning flight on Sat 04th May;
3. Tiree 10k – Additional afternoon flight on Sun 05th May;
4. Additional Peak Summer flight – Sat 06th July;
5. & 6. TMF – Additional morning and afternoon flights (4 flights in total that day) on Fri 12th July;
7. TMF – Additional lunchtime flight on Sat 13th July;
8. TMF – Addition lunchtime flight on Sun 14th July;
9. & 10. TMF – Additional morning and afternoon flights (4 flights in total that day) on Mon 15th July;
11. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 20th July;
12. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 27th July;
13. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 03rd Aug;
14. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 10th Aug;
15. August Livestock Sales on Sat 17th Aug – Additional flight with a requested 08:30am departure from Glasgow to fit in with sales times.  Also requested a later amended departure time to the current scheduled second flight time to 16:30pm out of Glasgow, again to accommodate sales times);
16. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight (any time) on Sat 07th Sept;
17. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight late afternoon on Sun 08th Sept;
18. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight (any time) on Mon 09th Sept.

Proposed Banked Flights Saturday Reductions (Down to 1x Saturday Flight) on:

26th October to 21st December 19  = 8 flights in total
11th January to 14th March 20 = 10 flights.

This gives flexibility to amend the Tiree flight schedule, on a cost neutral basis , to meet peak summer demand , also added flights for  TMF , the Tiree 10k and the Tiree Ultra

This is achieved by offsetting against some reduction in the schedule later in the year ie

Saturday Reductions (Down to 1x Saturday Flight) on:

26th October to 21st December 19  = 8 flights in total
11th January to 14th March 20 = 10 flights.



Tiree-Oban Air Service Re-Tender

A&BC has decided to re-tender the original faIled tender.

There is NO increase in the subsidy.

Irrespective there will be a break in service  from mid May through to mid Oct,  unless some  interim service provision can be agreed.

However A&BC’s Re-Tender COVERING LETTER 8 Mar 2019  offers any tenderer a panoply of flexibility,  and freedom, to develop their own proposals on:-

The aircraft type they wish to use;
● The service timetable they wish to implement;
● Any seasonal variation to the service timetable they wish to implement;
● Months of service operation e.g. spring to autumn service only;
● The pricing schedule they wish to implement;
● The marketing and advertising approach for the service

These flexibility options linked to other incentives should ensure there is a tendered proposal which A&BC may, or may not, take to a positive conclusion by Oct.

For your information Argyll and Bute Council published the re-tender on 7th Mar.

These links take you to the to the re-tender documentation with submissions required latests Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 12 noon.

 Contract Notice – Public Contracts Scotland:

 Invitation to Tender and access to Tender Document / Submit a Response – PCS-Tender:

Tiree-Oban Air Service Update



Tiree’s air service to Oban will stop on 16 May.

Argyll and Bute Council, having cut the subsidy it proposes to pay to an operator, has failed to find an airline willing to service the route on at the lower subsidy level . Flights to Coll and Colonsay will also stop

As per the previous edition of AnTirisdeach, TCC advised that the Policy and Resources Commitee (PAR) of the Council had decided at its February meeting to to re-tender. To date TCC has no infomatiion as to when this will happen, nor any of the details of any 2nd tender . TCC has stated that a simple repeat of the original tender is not likely to succeed.

At a meeting with two of our councillors( Roddy MacCuish and Jim Lynch) it was decided that TCC would make a further submission to A&B Council ,to garner the political will, to derive a 2nd tender more likely to succeed in maintaining, in full or part, the existing Argyll Air Services.

In view of the critical importance the Tiree-Oban air link has to Tiree High School, TCC has copied the submission to John Swinney , Minister of Educatiion and Micheal Russell MSP

TCC has done so covering the topics which TCC identified as Tiree’s primary Connectivity Issues:-

Education/Health/Veterinary/Construction/The Democratic Deficit/Tourism/ Our link with Coll

In turn TCC submitted this conclusion:-

Tiree Community Council and the Tiree Transport Forum place the utmost importance on the continuation of the Argyll Air Service. The island is well served with an air link to Glasgow. But Argyll and Bute Councillors must not forget that Tiree is part of Argyll and Bute Council, and that our regional centres are Oban and Lochgilphead. Other island groups in Scotland have similar or better air services. We do appreciate the problems in the service as it stands (see our previous correspondence) and we accept that there may be timetable and fare changes in a new successful tender. What we cannot accept is the loss of this service.

Our councillors also requested that TCC , as a supplementary ,commented on Oban Airport’s development potential .

In deriving the submission, TCC reviewed the tender process and documentation . Some anomalies were evident, consequently TCC added a supplementary to the submission 

This final submission was circulated to Tiree’s Councillors, for circulation within A&BC, but view the implications for education at  Tiree High School, TCC sent copies directly to John Swinney  MSP , Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, also Michael Russell MSP

Air Service Submission