Land’s End Airport To Remain Closed

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The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company have announced that Land’s End airport is to remain closed.

Skybus will continue to operate flights to the Isles of Scilly via Newquay Cornwall airport up to and including Wednesday 16th January 2013, when the situation will be reviewed.

This follows heavy rain today at Land’s End airport, falling on already saturated ground and a forecast of more rain during the course of the next few days.

A spokesman for the company said: “On a number of occasions we have been on the cusp of being able to resume passenger flights from Land’s End only for more rain to fall. The situation is frustrating but during December we received almost 50% more rain than average so the ground remains very wet.

“We are continuing to explore longer term solutions to hardening the runway but for the next week have opted to fly via Newquay in order to give certainty to all our passengers. As soon as we can resume flying from Land’s End we will.”

They added that some Skybus aircraft may use Land’s End in the next few days for routine training and maintenance flights. These aircraft will not be carrying passengers.

Skybus apologised for the inconvenience and said all passengers are being notified.

Anyone planning to travel during this time can contact Skybus on 0845 710 5555.


8 Responses to Land’s End Airport To Remain Closed

  1. CathE January 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Stuart, you only have to pay the ADT when you fly out of Newquay, you do not pay it when you fly into Newquay.

    We fly into Scilly 3 times a year and now only use Lands End due to the attitude of the security staff at Newquay. They take all the fun out of it.

  2. Stuart Moore January 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Further to Lindsay’s comment above, I was in the office at the same time, as was councillor Roy Duncan who is also a director of the ISSco. I discovered Skybus can only fly into St Mary’s in the mornings on Saturday’s because the council won’t extend the airports opening times. You’d think that in these exceptional times, the council would pull their bloody finger out and do everything they can to accommodate more flying hours, you’d also think that Roy and the other councillors who are ISSco directors and shareholders would ‘TELL’ the person responsible for the airport ie: the chief technical officer that this would be in the best interests of the islands and he would be slightly more proactive in this area.

    Top tip; if you want to go to Newquay, book a flight to Lands end as its cheaper and you’ll get bus’ed up to Newquay anyway and, you can avoid paying the outrageous £5 redevelopment fee (both ways!)

    It’s no wonder this country is in the state it’s in when those in charge are seemingly devoid of any common sense.

  3. Isles of Scilly Travel January 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    We would like to apologise to passengers who may have had difficulty contacting us today. Our 0845 710 5555 number has been intermittent due to a fault which has been reported to our service provider but customers can still contact us on 01736-334220 until further notice. Having made a decision to fly via Newquay up to and including January 16 we have been drawing up revised timetables and are in the process of communicating these to all passengers. For the avoidance of doubt, passengers re-routed via Newquay from Land’s End do not have to pay the £5 airport development fee. Skybus is committed to meeting the needs of passengers to and from the Islands and would like to apologise for any inconvenience they may have experienced.

  4. Mike B January 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Shareholders do have a say in how a company is being run. Perhaps those islanders with shares need to start helping their friends and neighbours by demanding better management at the company they own…

  5. Lindsay Sawyer January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Well….I went to see Sheena in the St Mary’s Office at 10 am this morning following on from this item, and she didn’t know anything about it! She rang the mainland office whilst I was there, and said there is only one person dealing with the change of flights/ pilot rotas, as the other one is off sick.
    We leave Scilly on the 1st flight tuesday, so were then told someone from St Mary’s Airport will ‘phone us on monday to tell us our new flight times! I asked if they’d be approximately the same time as we have onward arrangements, Sheena didn’t know…..
    Not Sheena’s fault, but I quite agree with the above comment…it could be better, as it is we will have to go back down to Penzance on arrival at Newquay, which delays us further.

  6. Skybus Customer January 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    This company has serious problems with customer service.
    We’re travelling from Scilly on Monday and I just tried to find out arrangements as I’ve got onward travel from Penzance.
    Firstly, their 0845 number doesn’t work (just get a disconnected tone) and, on ringing their Penzance booking office, was told that they couldn’t give new flight details as they don’t deal with that! They told me to ring St Mary’s Airport.
    The employee at St Mary’s airport said they can’t give me a new flight time until later this weekend.
    They already know the flights are cancelled. Why can’t they tell me what my new flight is???!!!
    This is appalling customer service and the company managers need to get a grip.

  7. trescofan January 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Just succeeded in booking flights from Newquay at the end of April and told some flights already fully booked.
    What happens to poor passengers transferred from Lands End to Newquay do they have first choice on planes and do they have to pay Newquay airport tax
    If so I will book to fly from Lands End which is cheaper and then hope I get transferred to Newquay where it is more expensive and hopefully would then not have to use the islanders.
    Lands End would make a great helicopter base and then could remain open even with a flooded runway !!!
    If Cornwall Council could only be as supportive to lands End airport and the links to the Scilly as they are to pouring in money to Newquay airport then perhaps tourist numbers to Cornwall and Scilly would hopefully rise.

  8. Mr F Gregory January 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm