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Argyll Air Services Saved

A&BC made this announcement Fri 4th May

Interim contract agreed for Coll, Colonsay and Tiree air services

The subsidised air services from Oban to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree will continue after Argyll and Bute Council  agreed an interim contract with Hebridean Air.

Hebridean Air will continue to operate the flights from 16 May, while the council now undertakes the evaluation stage of the procurement process for a new four-year contract. The deadline for tenders being submitted for the second round of procurement passed on 2 May.

There had been concerns that services would be interrupted by strict funding legislation after an initial procurement process for the four-year contract failed to attract an acceptable bid.

However, council officers and staff at Hebridean Air worked hard behind the scenes to prevent that scenario, and we are pleased to be able to confirm that there will be no such interruption.

An update on the four-year contract will be provided in due course, once the outcome of the second procurement process has been fully assessed.

The interim service offers an amended number of flights, although flights for school pupils travelling to Oban have been secured as a priority.

Details on Hebridean Air’s current and interim services can be found here:

AGENDA: Wednesday 8th May  2019 7.30 pm, An Talla

AGENDA: Wednesday 8th May  2019 7.30 pm, An Talla

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Declarations of interest

3. Correspondence

4.Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

5. Report of meeting with A&BC/HIE.

6. Tiree-Oban Air Service Tender Update

7. CalMac Community Board/Ferry Reliability Update

8. TCDT/TCC Joint Meeting Report

9. Phone Box Project

10. Scarinish Public Toilets

11. TCC Representation

12. Date of June meeting

13. AOCB

Note TCC’s meeting will report on its meeting earlier in the day with Fergus Murray, Head of Economic Development and Strategic Transport at Argyll and Bute Council. TCC’s hopes to report on the implications of the outcome of the Argyll Air tender which closed on Wed 2nd May .Also ,as Fergus Murray is A&BC’s man in charge of implementing the Islands Bill, TCC will report on exacly what A&BC has done , if anything , so far.

Tiree to Glasgow Air Service

Tiree to Glasgow Air Service

Transport Scotland  has launched the tender exercise for the next contract period .

The main specification for the Tiree service is below.


  1. The operator will be required to offer a minimum service between Glasgow and Tiree of:
  • Two return trips per day Monday to Friday all year round;
  • Two return trips per day on a Saturday for the period 1 April to 20 October and one return trip per day on a Saturday for the period 21 October to 31 March;
  • Two return trips per day on a Sunday for the period 1 June to 6 September and one return trip per day on a Sunday for the period 7 September to 31 May;
  • A bank of 18 annual rotations;
  • No service need be provided on 25 and 26 December or 1 January and a reduced service may be provided on 2 January.

2 The bank of 18 annual rotations will be held by the Tiree Transport Forum for use at their discretion in consultation with the operator taking account of the operator’s ability to deliver additional rotations within the costed level of crew, aircraft resources and airline & airport operational viability.  The Tiree Transport Forum shall provide the operator with a minimum of four weeks’ notice for use of banked rotations unless the request is to meet circumstances where such notice could not reasonably be given.  Any banked rotation not used in any contract year will be rolled forward to the following year.  The operator shall make all reasonable endeavours to provide the Tiree Transport Forum with copies of timetables a minimum of two weeks before publication.

  1. The capacity of the aircraft used should be as follows:
  • Not less than 14 seats on the Glasgow to Tiree route and 16 seats on the Tiree to Glasgow route.
  1. The Designated Service should be based on a timetable which is convenient for users and should maximise access to connecting flights.  The timetabling of the double daily services should provide for a reasonable amount of time for Tiree residents in Glasgow to enable same day returns.  While it is recognised that timetable variations may be required due to tidal conditions at Barra, this should be kept to an absolute minimum.  The impact of any variations, over the course of a year, should be shared equally between Campbeltown and Tiree.  Any variations should be set at point of release for sale and not added at a later date.  Any changes required for operational reasons, including cancellations, should also, over the course of a year, be shared equally between Campbeltown and Tiree.

The price of a single ticket for travel on the route must not exceed £70 (including any airport charges but excluding any relevant Government tax) for the period 25 October 2019 to 24 October 2020.  The maximum fare shall increase by £1 from 25 October in each subsequent year of the contract.

6 The Designated Service must be pro-actively advertised in order to maximise use.  Advertising activity should be focused on non-residents of Tiree.  Promotional activity, particularly in the off season, is encouraged.  Any special promotions should be targeted at both residents and non-residents.



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: