UPDATED: Land’s End Airport Entering Fourth Week Of Closure

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Original Story Published on: Jan 7, 2013 @ 10:31 

Land’s End airport won’t be open today as had been hoped because the runway remains waterlogged.

Flights were first disrupted by heavy rainfall at the start of December, and after just a few days of operation, more rain forced the airport to close again on the 18th.

It hasn’t reopened since.

The chief executive of the Steamship Company, Jeff Marston, told Radio Scilly in December that he believes they could harden the grass runway surface at Land’s End without going through a lengthy planning process, as they are not creating a new runway but improving the existing one.

The company is set to trial a 900sqm patch of special paving tiles to see if that works.

Isles of Scilly Council economic development staff are investigating European grant funding as a way to support that work, which would complement the refurbishment of St Mary’s airport.

Work on a £1.5m remodelling of passenger facilities and a new air traffic control centre at Land’s End is already underway. That investment by the company was approved before the end of the helicopter service in November.

Land’s End Passengers and freight will be routed through Newquay again today and an inspection later will lead to a decision on tomorrow’s flights.

Updated on: Jan 7, 2013 @ 15:12 

Skybus has confirmed that Land’s End airport will remain shut on Tuesday and Wednesday due to water logging. They will make a decision on Wednesday about services later in the week.

Newquay flights are on time today.



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