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.

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