Skybus Axe Flights From Bristol And Southampton

Skybus is axing the Bristol and Southampton flights next year so they can concentrate on services from Newquay, Land’s End and Exeter.

The company has announced how it intends to deal with the extra air passengers they’ll carry when BIH ceases operations on November 1st and direct flights to Tresco end.

In a presentation at Land’s End airport yesterday that marked 75 years of commercial flights to Scilly, company bosses said they are looking to get a new plane and will recruit additional pilots and crew in order to operate three flights a day from Exeter, four from Newquay and two from Land’s End on the Twin Otter aircraft.

They can seat up to 19 people.

The company will also run up to 17 flights a day from Land’s End on the smaller Islander aircraft which can accommodate up to eight people. That could be increased to 24 each day if there is demand.

Fares, they say, will remain at this year’s rate. Last year the company followed the pricing pattern of many major airlines and varied the ticket prices according to time and availability. Next year, a single fare to Land’s End will cost be between £70 and £80 and one-way from Newquay will cost between £85 and £95 on average.

The single Exeter fare will cost between £120 and £130.

The company say they are investigating the potential for 7-day sailing of the Scillonian in the summertime. Concerns have been voiced over the cost of transporting dogs to Scilly by air.  Dogs will be free on the boat.

The Steamship Company recently won the Royal Mail contract. BIH, who had been carrying the post, declined to pitch for the contract.

The company say they will be launching a same-day small parcel delivery service.


11 Responses to Skybus Axe Flights From Bristol And Southampton

  1. Benjamin October 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    The problem is that Skybus now has a monopoly and will charge what they like, when they like. Prices went down after they had been confirmed but anybody who booked will not get a refund, I tried. If you want to get to Scilly you have to use Skybus/ Scillonian. Number will definitely decrease if travelling prices don’t come down.

  2. Mike Vigar September 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Such a move should be supported by everyone as it just underlines their commitment to the route. Dropping two good routes to release capacity to replace the Heli is a gamble. There are still those that are working desperately to find a replacement helicopter company to operate the route. If this is successful in due course, what will happen to Skybus and their investment?
    It is about time everyone’s efforts were channelled towards making Skybus successful for the future of the Islands.
    Just a footnote on the “PSO”debate. Loganair (Flybe) that operate the PSO routes in the Scottish Islands operate both Twin Otters and Islander aircraft and even though they hold a PSO, the aircraft are still subject to the same flying limits that Skybus aircraft have!!

  3. Adam Morton,St.Martins September 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Fact. flying aint cheap ,if its your prefered way to travel you pay for it!
    Trouble is its becoming the ONLY practical way to get here as you pay not substantially less to travle by ship £95.for2.5hrs rollinground with the vomit or a 15 min hop for another £60 odd quid?Scillonian lll was built for an all year service 40 years ago carrying spuds and flowers and the truth is only one person in three travles by it at best.My guess is that the IOSSco has no wish to provide a better ferry service as they would only lose air passengers to it.
    Why are we losing tourists? because you can travel to the isle of man for£34,Orkney isles £28, £21 to Isle of wight (all returns)
    on modern more comfortable ships.But if we got a cheap ferry service it would probably result in all the boats ,catering and accomodation going up to capitalise on it,same with the subsidy.If we want a solution it will all have to be tied in together to promote initiative and competition ,which most will be to scared to take up!!It will take ten years if we start NOW but thers too many people with vestid interests & doing nicely for the time being to ever actually do anything!

  4. Phil Cockrell September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    This echoes comments posted earlier this week regarding loss of BIH. Its reassuring to see further flights being scheduled from NEwquay & Lands End but at £95 each way for adults and £75 each way for children its costing me nearly £700 to get here next July. That is frankly way too much money given the already expensive accommodation prices. I appreciate that IOSSC is a private business and they must make a return on investment, but serious lobbying of Government is required to keep fares affordable at a time of great economic turmoil. A better and more affordable service would almost certainly lengthen the tourist season too bringing wider benefits.

  5. Peter from Devon September 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I and my family have been devoted Scilly visitors for over 25 years, so this comment is partly out of self interest. When are the powers-that-be in Scilly going to be seen to be doing something?! You are going to have no holiday industry (and therefore no real industry at all) left soon, what with the helicopters ending and now reducing your catchment area around the Midlands (Bristol airport) and the south/south east/London (Southampton Airport), plus the runway being worn out plus the Scillonian on its last legs. I’m not blaming Skybus; it is, I believe, a private organisation which can take whatever business decisions it chooses. YOU ARE IN A CRISIS – ACT AS A WHOLE COMMUNITY OR THE ISLANDS ARE DOOMED.

  6. Muskey71 September 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Oh great, lets make it even more difficult to get to Scilly and make dwindling tourist numbers decline further.

    Well done Skybus, it is almost like you don’t want anyone to visit you. I suppose you don’t have to bother now the helicopter is out of the competition.

  7. Bill Hiner September 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm


    I don’t know-that’s why I asked! Very often, return fares are cheaper, and I am curious to find out if this is the case with Skybus. It just seems very odd that only single fares are quoted (probably to seem cheap).

  8. al September 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This just gets worse. As if the helicopter axing wasn’nt bad enough now Skybus want to shrink the market. BIH aervices, like the banks, need nationaliising until a solution can be found and the service tendered for with govn assistance if required, as with rail services. This could be desperate stuff for the Islands and needs someone to get real about this and quickly. Doesn’t Scillly have Councillors and an MP?

  9. Martin & Gill September 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Although understandable, it’s a shame that Bristol flights have been stopped for us holidaymakers from the Midlands; the shorter driving time to the airport was of great benefit. Perhaps Skybus will arrange an interline facility with Flybe to allow us to fly to St Mary’s via Exeter on one ticket, with a decent connection time and with our bags taken care of.

    You can only hope !!

  10. Bill Hiner September 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Funny how all fares are singles when mentioned! The vast majority of tickets sold must be returns, so it would be more helpful to know what the cost of these will be.

    • jonnym September 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Hey Bill. Isn’t the return fare just twice the cost of a single? Am I missing something?