Updated: Land’s End Airport Remains Closed

Updated: Jan 3, 2013 @ 12:28

A spokesperson from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company says:

“Land’s End Airport is closed for the rest of the week. We will have another inspection of the airfield again on Saturday 5th Jan and update accordingly.

“Skybus flights from Newquay Cornwall Airport are still on hold due to weather.”


Published on: Jan 3, 2013 @ 9:42

Skybus has confirmed that Land’s End Airport hasn’t reopened this morning.

The grass runway remains waterlogged and the airport manager will assess the situation mid morning.

It had been hoped that flights, which have been diverted to Newquay since before Christmas, would start up again today.

Flights from Newquay are also being held this morning, (9am) due to fog.

Euan Rodger at St Mary’s Post Office says outbound mail is being sent to Penzance on the Gry Maritha, which has sailed for the first time this year. No inbound post to Scilly has been received yet.

5 Responses to Updated: Land’s End Airport Remains Closed

  1. J N A Wood January 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    It is amazing to me that so little fuss is being made over the loss of the helicopter service. The social and economic consequences of the current arrangements suggest that the Isles of Scilly have a bleak future – year-round sailings will not solve the problem as many, many people will not accept the long and often rough Penzance-Scilly sea crossing.

    • Nobby Nobbs January 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Conversely, a lot of people don’t like flying, especially when the plane lands at Lands end or Newquay. I mean who wants to go to Lands end or Newquay….no one!
      And most of the time if you book a flight to one, you end up at the other which wastes even more time as you have to travel back to where you should have landed in order to catch the train or collect the hire car.

      A return chopper service to PZ or TR would be wonderful but I don’t think it will ever happen without a government or European subsidy and you can bet your bottom dollar the Steamship co will fight that one all the way, just like they will resist investing in a new boat.

  2. Nobby Nobbs January 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I fink that the council should use every ounce of influence it has with government to get a subsidised all year round boat service.
    This would mean the route or subsidy going out to tender.
    The ISSCO could make a bid but would hopefully lose out to another company that provides a better service.

    The trouble is there are too many people in influential positions on these islands that are (or have been) on the board of directors of the ISSco, so decisions are not always made in the best interests of the islands or islanders but in the best interests of the ISSco shareholders,

    If we can get a subsidised service then whoever runs it will be running it our interests not the interests of the shareholder.

  3. Fran Grottick January 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I asked this morning when the TIC would reopen and have been told it has been closed as a member of staff has been stranded on the mainland.
    Not only have visitors not been able to access help, but phone enquiries cannot be answered by a friendly person rather than a message.
    Weather and transport difficulties are impacting already on our tourism industry and the future is certainly very worrying indeed.

  4. Harold January 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Happy new year!