Cash package paves way for Argyll air links

Communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are to be served by air links aimed at opening up some of the country's most remote rural areas.

This week the Scottish Executive agreed a funding package of around £6 million to support the development of a regional air service between the mainland town of Oban and the outlying Argyll islands.

The money will pay for an upgrade of Oban Airport and the creation of airstrips on the islands of Coll and Colonsay. It will also supplement the ferry service, which is the main form of transport to and from the islands for locals and tourists.

Funding for the initiative has come from a variety of sources, including £2.9million from the European Regional Development Fund and £1.5million from economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

HIE chairman William Roe said: "This project has the potential to genuinely revolutionise life on the Argyll Islands."

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