Updated: Waterlogged Runway Expected To Reopen This Week

lands end airportUpdate Feb 11, 2013 @ 22:27: 

Skybus have announced that they are to close Land’s End Airport again after operating just three scheduled flights and one freighter this morning.

A spokesperson for the company said, due to the heavy rainfall over the weekend and again today, they are closing the airport to avoid damage to the already soft and damp runway.

This will continue up to and including Monday 18th February.

Original Story Feb 11, 2013 @ 07:27: 

Skybus bosses hope Land’s End airport will be back in action this week.

The grass runway’s closure due to water logging was raised at last week’s Heart group meeting in the Town Hall.

Councillor and FRIST member, Marian Bennett, explained that the airport had been closed 52 days out of 80 since December 18th.

But plans to minimise weather disruption in the future are being developed and a new runway could be in place by the end of this summer, the meeting heard.

Diana Mompoloki explained that the islands’ Council has extended the contract of the runway designers, URS. They will resurface St Mary’s runway in the summer but they are now also working on plans to hard-surface Land’s End airfield.

Topographical studies start this week and it will take up to 12 weeks to draft the designs.

It will cost around £1.5m to provide a hardened surface and Diana says she’s working on funding solutions with the Steamship Company.

Any building work would be undertaken at night to minimise disruption at the height of the season, similar to the St Mary’s proposals.

Previous plans to harden Land’s End runway have brought local objections and John Purkiss asked Diana whether locals could still prevent it.

Diana says she understands from the Steamship Company and others that St Just residents recognise that hardening the surface won’t add to disruption. Cornwall Council doesn’t feel that planning consent is needed as it is already an airfield.

Diana pointed out that Scilly’s Council can’t interfere with mainland planning but her team can work with Cornwall and other partners to get a better Land’s End solution.

“The key is working in partnership so we get what we need to make it work,” she said.

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