Flights Transferring Temporarily To Newquay

After a week of disruption to flights from Land’s End because of waterlogging, Skybus is temporarily transferring all flights to Newquay Cornwall Airport until the morning of Thursday 6th December.

The company says that they are doing this in light of further heavy rain being forecast this weekend.

The Steamship Company say that the move will allow time for the grass runway to dry out during better weather, forecast for the middle of next week. This follows the recent spells of prolonged heavy rain, which have impacted on operations at Land’s End.

All Skybus services to and from St Mary’s Airport will operate via Newquay Cornwall Airport from today and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Speaking at a public meeting to discuss medical travel arrangements on St Mary’s in October, the Steamship Company’s commercial manager, Nick Sanders, said the company would look into the feasibility of a hardened runway at Land’s End but they did feel locals would oppose this, based on previous applications.

At the moment, the mail and newspapers are sent to the islands by air through Land’s End and flowers are sent back from Scilly on the same route. A spokesman said they are waiting to hear whether the mail will be transferred through Newquay too.


4 Responses to Flights Transferring Temporarily To Newquay

  1. Islander December 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I also know that Perranporth airfield is up for sale. 15min from the A30 and Truro. landing strips are good, just need tweaking a bit.

  2. Bill Weaver December 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Use an S61? What a good idea…….

  3. Agnes Nitt December 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Why didn’t Skybus charter in an S-61 helicopter. There’s one in Newquay available, they could have got all the mail on, an Otter load of passengers and reduced their operating costs. One flight in the morning, one in the afternoon, in and out of Lands End (Helicopters aren’t affected by waterlogging, or strong winds) and then the short trip back up to Newquay in between. They used to charter them in a few weeks ago so it can’t be that expensif and they’ve operated 61’s out of Land End in the past and it would solve so many short term problems for the passengers and the Steamship companay

  4. IanT December 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I notice that in today’s Western Morning News that there is a WW2 airfield for sale at St Agnes which has three surfaced runways in the traditional triangular formation.
    One question is why didn’t this get used in preference to St Just in the first place surely it would have been more useable? Secondly, why doesn’t the IoSSSC buy this airfield for £1.5M rather than spend a fortune trying to improve St Just?