Air Passenger Estimates Revised Downwards

skybus twin otterFewer passengers are expected to travel through St Mary’s airport this year.

Management of the sole operating airline, Skybus, have revised their expected numbers of single journeys down from 120,000 to 108,000.

Chief Executive of the Steamship Company, Jeff Marston, told councillors this would be a “safe figure.” But Jeff told the Transport Committee that he tracks bookings on a daily basis and he would be disappointed if more people did not fly to Scilly.

The revised estimate includes Tresco passengers who will now be routed through St Mary’s. 31,000 passengers used the former British International Helicopter service direct to Tresco last year.

Tresco Estate owner, Cllr Robert Dorrien Smith warned the new figures represent an 11% drop in St Mary’s traffic year on year. In other words, 82,000 passengers who are not bound for Tresco are expected to use St Mary’s. That’s down from 97,000 last year.

Airport management explained that passenger numbers have fallen by a fifth since 2008 when 123,000 single trips were made to or from St Mary’s. Howard Cole added that many regional airports have also noticed a fall in numbers.

The Civil Aviation Authority reports that 33 out of 54 airports, including Exeter and Newquay handled fewer passengers last year although Bristol airport’s numbers rose slightly.



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