Cost Of Transporting Pets To Scilly Raising Concern

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A regular visitor to Scilly says she’s concerned over the cost of bringing dogs to the islands once the helicopter service ends in November.

Alison Gunn, who visits twice a year, wrote to Radio Scilly to complain about the dramatic increase in cost to get pets to the islands this winter, adding it could put some visitors off.

She says it currently costs £37 return to bring a small dog here on the helicopter, or £63 for a larger dog.

But she says Skybus charge £120 per animal and she thinks this will have an impact on those people who don’t want to travel on the Scillonian III.

Alison also thinks people travelling over winter will have no alternative other than to use Skybus.

She said the costs of transporting animals on Skybus have rocketed recently and it’s an added expense for a lot of people who love to bring their dogs with them.

We asked a representative of Skybus if they had plans to review their fares for transporting animals but they declined to comment.


12 Responses to Cost Of Transporting Pets To Scilly Raising Concern

  1. Malcolm Martland September 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I took my spaniel, Truffle, to Penzance last month. £80 approx return fare. My Travel Club day return £76. What’s the problem? She’s worth it. Skybus had to use 2 seats for my dog, they could have filled them with passengers! Of course we’ll miss the helicopter but thank goodness we’ve got an alternative.

  2. Merryn September 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    BIH have the same system as skybus whereby we have to remove two passenger seats to fix a dog box in place. These however are utilised on a regular basis and this year it feels as though we have carried more dogs than in previous years. When EB was used for the route, she was a thirty seater aircraft so losing the two seats was not significant as it was a rare occasion we would fill her to capacity. Fox Juliet is a 26 seater so the two seats that are taken by the dog box “could” be used for passengers. The dog boxes are utilised on a regular basis and this year it feels as though we have carried more dogs than in previous years.

  3. Mike Vigar September 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I think you’ll find that BIH have their animal crates in situ on their aircraft and do not take any passenger seats. However, on all Skybus aircraft, at least two passenger seats have to be removed to accommodate one animal crate. £60 return for a seat is good value and much cheaper than adults!!

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins September 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I dont think anyone complained about the £60 rtn its the £120 rtn on a cheaper aircraft on a shorter flight ,(addmitedly with less seats)that she found difficult.Visitors dont have travle club or cheap flights employees get! Perhaps Skybus could publish their actual costs to prove they wernt ripping anone off.I know its not obligatory but its a PLC with some of the info available from companies house anyway.When a lot of people have taken a drop and the IOSS co have a record year its bound to cause some resentment.

  4. lynn September 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Ian, it is so obvious why you left our beautiful islands. Dog owners are on the whole a responsble group of folk and I personally do not see a BIG problem, when was the last time you visited. I am not sure a group hug would help, but anything that might help to cheer you might well be worth a go.

    • IanT September 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

      My reasons for leaving the islands are many and varied the cost, but more importantly the difficulty, of travel being just one. It was certainly not the dog mess – we have similar problems here. Yes,on the whole dog owners are responsible but, like everything else, it’s the non-caring minority who persistently spoil it for the rest. See you next week?

  5. JonnyM September 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Oh dear Ian. You really are an unhappy bunny aren’t you. Perhaps we can all give you a group hug next time you visit Scilly to cheer you up a bit?

    • IanT September 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I’m not unhappy. I just find someone complaining about a fare for their dog when it is only a fraction of what the rest of us have to pay a bit much. No need for a hug next week, thank you, unless it’s just because you are pleased to see me.

  6. IanT September 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    The lady was getting a real bargain bringing her dog(s) by helicopter. BIH would have made far more money bringing another human passenger or two in the space occupied by her animals. Speaking personally, I would be happy if no dogs were brought to the islands. Scilly has a big enough problem with dogs defacating on public paths and grassy areas already without bringing more.

  7. Adam Morton,St.Martins September 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Dont worry “its an island owned company”and they would never take advantage of a monopoly.They have bin running for 80+ years so that proves it.Be assured ,they have your best interests at heart.And if your “an element” of the riff raff it will put you off coming!

  8. Lindsay September 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

    To be fair to both airlines, do holiday makers not realise that by animals taking space that could be utilised by a full fare paying passenger or passengers when the seats have been removed from the aircraft, the carriers are actually losing revenue when transporting pets. Also, having been on the chopper when distressed dogs have had ‘accidents’ – someone has to clean up – no one is paid enough to do that! I am a dog owner.

  9. George September 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This is a genuine problem.
    I really hope that Skybus can restructure and reduce their whole price list when the helicopter service finishes.
    We hear frequently hear that the fix wing service is more cost effective than the helicopter, but until now there is a feeling that the helicopter prices almost set the price for Skybus.
    I’d like to see lots of good deals for our visitors to the islands, you only have to do a quick UK flight search to realise there are better deals to fly to many other places.
    If we are only going to have one avaition carrier then they have a responsibility to the islands to provide a reliable and good value service for all.
    Otherwise there maybe trouble ahead..