Mail Delays Due To Airport Restrictions

Skybus say delays in flying post to the islands last week was because their contract with Royal Mail restricts them to flying from Land’s End.

That airport suffered severe waterlogging of its runway so was closed to flights on several occasions last week.

Commercial Manager, Nick Sanders, said Royal Mail use a dedicated Islander aircraft based at Land’s End as a freighter. He said that, while passengers could be transferred to Newquay, this was not possible with the mail, which can’t be accommodated currently on a Twin Otter plane.

The post was eventually transferred to the Gry Maritha last Wednesday.

Nick said the waterlogging was an unusual occurrence, caused by the huge quantities of rain that have been falling over the past week, but if problems persist, he said, he would discuss the situation with Royal Mail.

We asked Royal Mail whether they would consider allowing Skybus to fly mail from Newquay if adverse weather was forecast.

While they didn’t answer this directly, Royal Mail spokesperson Adrian Booth said: “Due to poor weather conditions, our contingency arrangements of conveying mail for the Isles of Scilly by boat, instead of by aircraft, have been invoked on a number of occasions recently. This has unfortunately caused delay to mail onto the Islands.

“If we become aware of any forecasted long-term disruption to Land’s End Airport, we will review our current plan in conjunction with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which operates the contract on our behalf.”

Last week, the manager of St Mary’s Post Office, Lindsay Rodger, said she was grateful to t many locals for their patience over the delays to mail, but expressed her fear that a similar situation could happen again in the run up to Christmas.


8 Responses to Mail Delays Due To Airport Restrictions

  1. Katie F November 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I thought that part of the problem with sorting out the Lands’ End runway was planning permission? I don’t know if you’d get pp to install a licensed airport outside Truro either. But definitely worth a try.

  2. Jeff November 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

    If the Post Office divert the mail to pz docks for the sc3 or gry, please tell them to make sure that they get the driver to book it in, one of the biggest problems to local businesses is having their goods turned away at PZ quay because they didnt book it in, even three parcels got sent away! we’re having trouble finding suppliers, as soon as you mention the iossc they freak out.

  3. Nobby Nobbs November 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Still does not change the fact that Lands end has less operational days that Newquay due to either fog or a water logged pitch.

    At no point did I mention junk mail?

    In fact why waste money on Lands end, it would be better spent opening a small airfield by the Park & ride just outside Truro

  4. pete November 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    fred “colon” i not sure if you watch the news but the uk has suffered the worst wet spell and subsequent flooding since 2000 in places like york and in places locally such as helston and newlyn in living memory so stop blaming lands end waterlogging for the lack of junk mail that comes through your door.

    this situation imo just reinforces my opinion that the route partnership messed up royally in trying to get a lifeline sea bourne link 12 months a year…

    it is now up to the steamship company to sort the mess out ,supply a sea and air link to the islands as best as they can.
    give the steamship a chance , they will do it.
    if the skybus does indeed become the sole operator with no other competition (and its not the companies fault if they do have the monopoly) then there could well be grant money to harden the runway at lands end maybe…..of course they will have to battle the nimbys out there against it.

    finally the company is an island shareholded company born out of the locals for the need for a regular route which is now directed by both scillonians and astute mainland business minds, they WILL do the right thing.

    • Fred Colon November 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Yes I do watch the news and it still does not change the fact that Lands End is unavailable more often that Newquay due to either fog or a water logged pitch, that is a simple fact regardless of any other issues.
      I can’t see the point in wasting money to lay a hard runway at lands end when it would be better spent relocating the gateway to the islands just outside Truro by the park & ride Car-park

      In the meantime I do wish ISSCO & RM would sort themselves out and start transporting the mail from Newquay

  5. pete November 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

    but its much easier to divert the mail to pz docks for the sc3 or gry if lands end is out of action.
    if it went to newquay and nqy was fogged in it would still end up a day late as it would miss the sc3 in summer and be next day on gry.

    • Fred Colon November 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      At the moment using Lands end, the post is three days late so a days delay would be an improvement on the current situation

  6. Nobby Nobbs November 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I think Royal mail need to pull their finger out and make the decision to switch mail from lands End (which is often water logged or foggy) to Newquay. The main sorting office in Cornwall is Truro, Newquay is nearer to Truro than Penzance is, so there is a saving to be made in fuel costs, its a no brainer!
    Come on Royal Mail, as much as I love RM I do get fed up waiting for days on end for my mail to turn up