Lonely Planet Writer

Love on the run(way): Cabin crew member says 'I do' at Scottish airport

Every bride looks forward to that trip down the aisle, but the “aisle” provided by an airport in Scotland this week was longer and more dramatic than most.

Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliams after their marriage at Oban Airport. Image: Facebook
Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliams after their marriage at Oban Airport.  Image by Facebook

Oban Airport played host to its first marriage when a loved-up couple exchanged vows on its runway, which was chosen because it was meaningful to both of them. Rhona McWilliam, 49, who works as cabin crew with Jet2, got married to Billy Somerville, 50, on the landing strip of the airport, which links the Scottish mainland to the islands of Coll, Colonsay, Islay and Tiree.

Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliam getting married on the runway of Oban Airport.
Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliam getting married on the runway of Oban Airport. Image by Facebook

The bride looked stunning in cream lace as she arrived at the outdoor ceremony in an airport fire engine, and was piped down the runway by local girl, Emma Law, to where Billy was waiting.

As a chief petty officer with the Royal Naval Reserves, the groom looked dashing in uniform for the ­ceremony. Oban registrar Gemma Cummins officiated over the nuptials for the happy couple, who live in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire.

Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliam
Billy Somerville and Rhona McWilliam Image by Facebook

Getting married at the airport was special to the pair who had been married before, and they say that the airport staff went out of their way to help them tie the knot in style. The fact that a scheduled flight from Coll and Tiree landed 25 minutes early, just after they had taken their photos, added to the gaiety of the atmosphere. Sadly, their proximity to the airport didn’t save them a journey, as the new Mr and Mrs Somerville plan on ­honeymooning in the Caribbean at the end of May.