Skybus Bookings ‘Significantly Up’

Skybus Twin Otters at St Mary's Airport

Skybus Twin Otters at St Mary’s Airport

Skybus says their bookings for the 2013 season are “significantly up” on last year.

The announcement by chief executive, Jeff Marston, comes days before the company launch an expanded service to Exeter. The company say it has become an increasingly popular route for Skybus customers.

Skybus intends to operate three of the 60-minute flights daily between Exeter and St Mary’s from Monday to Saturday until 23rd March, increasing to up to four a day from 25th March and then up to five a day from 25th May until 31st August.

Last year there was just one weekday and two Saturday flights from Exeter.

The company say that they will shortly take delivery of a fourth Twin Otter aircraft to add to its fleet of six aircraft, which will increase capacity for flights on routes to Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End.

Passengers flying to Scilly from Exeter will be able to park at that airport at a reduced rate, when this season’s services start on Monday.

The Steamship Company has negotiated the price, which can only be accessed when booking through their travel centre.

Matt Roach, managing director of Exeter airport says they anticipate the highest number of passengers on the route in the airport’s 75 year history.

4 Responses to Skybus Bookings ‘Significantly Up’

  1. Kev March 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Mr Nobbs – if you look at the ISSCo web-site the company announced average ticket prices for 2013 are held at 2012 prices, and flights from Exeter have been reduced. Bearing in mind the soring cost of fuel, that to me seems a pretty positive attitude. Of course they could be lying, which would be a strange thing to do, or you could be misinformed perhaps. Some of us can tell the difference between justifiable criticism, and a personal vendetta. But I’m curious, why would somebody wish to deliberately circulate lies, especially when it can only serve to put visitors off?

  2. Tracey March 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I, and my family will be going by boat… I cannot afford to fly 3 adults and 2 grand children to St Mary’s and to be honest, I really don’t want to.
    We have always taken the chopper but obviously due to BIH pulling out last year, decided to try Skybus.
    All I can say is what a fiasco… canceled flights from Exeter one day after another, rude staff at Exeter, no communication from Skybus at all! AND, I was never reimbursed or offered any compensation for having to travel by boat.
    So, my attitude is… may as well go by boat… can’t afford these higher prices anyway and we have a much higher chance of sailing than flying!

  3. yet another islander February 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Bookings up? There’s a surprise!
    Anyway, good luck to Skybus, I’m sure that they’ll do their best to deliver a great service to their customers.

  4. Nobby Nobbs February 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Of course their bookings are up, they’ve picked up the 70,000 or so people that used to use the chopper. you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to work that one out.
    Now that they’re the sole transport provider, they’ve also put their prices up!

    If you look at the total number of people visiting the islands, the overall numbers are in decline, mainly due the the high cost of transport