Land’s End Airport To Close While Runways Resurfaced

lands end airportThe Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is to close Land’s End airport for three weeks in November to allow hardening of the runways to take place.

The facility will shut from the afternoon of 9th November and reopen on the 2nd December.

Skybus services will be switched to Newquay and passengers booked to fly from Land’s End during this period are being contacted by the company.

They’ve also announced that they’ll keep the Scillonian operating until the airport reopens. The boat had been scheduled to finish its services this season on 2nd November.

The company hasn’t said what arrangements are being made for post and newspaper deliveries.

The plans to hard surface two of the four grass landing strips at Land’s End is part of a wider programme of improvements at both sides of the air link to Scilly.

£6.5m of European development money has been granted for the work, which includes resurfacing of St Mary’s airport runway and refurbishment of the islands’ terminal building.

The Steamship Company is contributing £1.2m to the Land’s End work although the Council’s Investment Manager, Diana Mompoloki, says this grant award is still subject to formal agreement.

Land’s End Airport Manager, Chris Pearson, said they’re aiming to complete the project as quickly as possible and have timed the work to minimise disruption, after the autumn half term and before the busy Christmas season.

It’s a significant investment, he says, which will make the air links to the islands more robust, especially during poor weather.

Last winter, Land’s End was closed for several weeks due to waterlogging, which severely disrupted services to Scilly.

The company is holding an open meeting at Land’s End airport next Thursday (5th September) from 5pm to 7.30pm, to allow local businesses and residents to find out more about the plans.



12 Responses to Land’s End Airport To Close While Runways Resurfaced

  1. Ally G ( Alison Gardner) September 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Well said Steve.
    A new hard runway at Lands End is to be welcomed.
    It cannot make financial sense to keep the Scillonian running throughout November so rather than berating the Steamship Company surely it should be thanked, after all the I.O.S.S co is a business not a charity.
    Well said Kev.
    I would have some sympathy with the many, varied, largely fatuous and ill informed comments that Nobby Nobbs makes on any and every subject if he had the decency and indeed the spine ( I was going to pick another part of the anatomy unique to males but felt it would not pass censorship) to put his name to his statements.

  2. Kev September 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Nobby Nobbs – making the most pathetic, ill-informed, and unhelpful comments since time in memorial.

    • Nobby Nobbs September 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      It’s what I do 🙂

  3. Steve Sims September 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Looking at the comments here there seems to be a broad local consensus that the last thing we want is a hard runway at St. Just. Not least because we won’t be able to get to the mainland on a Thursday. And we want a meeting where we can moan like hell about the injustice of it. Tarmac who needs it.

    The company is putting 1.2m of its own money into this. I don’t know the ins and outs but this will basically improve conditions in the winter months, the impact in the summer will be much less, the summer is when the company make their money. It will take years and years to recoup this huge outlay, possibly longer than the lifetime of the runway. So perhaps we should ask why is the company doing this.

    The answer’s obvious. It’s an extremely expensive practical joke to inconvenience islanders.

    I hope Man Up, who seems to be the voice of reason here, realises that some people who live on the islands are actually pleased about the runway improvements and don’t dedicate much of their lives to making petty and fatuous comments.

    • Kev September 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Well said Steve. The amount of negativity is truly appalling, especially when it is islanders that will benefit most. It really does beggar belief. Isn’t it the truth that no matter what IOSSco do, some people will just never be happy.

    • A tourist again September 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

      You seem to be the voice of reason too Steve Sims. From what I can remember from last Winter there were lots of lost days of flying from Lands End due to the waterlogged runway and I seem to remember postings on this site asking when it was going to be tarmaced. You can’t wave a magic wand and it happens overnight so there is bound to be some disruption…try living in Cornwall where they seem to spend all year digging up roads!! Surely November is about the best time to do it- just in time for Christmas and New Year bookings and ready for next Spring. Having the Scillonian sailing during the time of the disruption is good too, isn’t it or am I missing something? Why is the company being criticised for keeping routes open in November and improving transport for next year?

  4. Man up September 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Jesus, talk about biting the hand that feeds you! You’re unhappy that flights were cancelled for 50 odd days last winter and now you’re unhappy with the steamship for fixing this problem AND putting the Scillonian in service for longer to carry passengers to PZ if needed. Is there anything they can do to make you people happy? How about if they stop all services? Freight, transport, engineering? Where will you be then, other than whining on here that you are hungry and need a liver transplant but can’t get away?

    • A visitor September 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Well said, Man Up!

  5. Jeff Eastick September 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I was under the impression that Scilly residents wanted the hardening of Lands End airport runways. Why all the bitching now it is going ahead ?

  6. islander September 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    errr would it not be wise to hold a meeting in scilly also to discuss the disruption at lands end , to be called a resident/local/islander/scillonian you have to live on Scilly so chances are you wont be able to get to lands end on thursday? (unless skybus ferry everyone over)

  7. John September 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    However, if you have a return flight booked for Lands End during this time the Steamship company have informed us that although they will transfer you to Newquay at no extra cost you will have to sort out your own travel arrangements to get to Newquay airport WHICH YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR! Fantastic if you’ve already booked your trains as it is now going to cost even more money. Oh yeah, and before anyone says you can get on the boat, this is true but as of yet they haven’t decided when it is running i.e. every day, three days a week, or once in a bloody blue moon. Thanks Steamship Company!!

    • Nobby Nobbs September 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      The ISSco, annoying their customers since 1920