Land’s End Airport Closure ‘Near Catastrophic’ For One St Mary’s Business

The Paper Shop

The Paper Shop

The owner of the Paper Shop in Hugh Town says the Land’s End waterlogging is proving “near catastrophic” to his business.

Newspapers are usually flown from Land’s End but the closure is a repeat of last year’s passenger and freight disruption, which Clive Mumford had hoped would not be repeated.

Clive is urging the Steamship Company to carry the daily newspapers on the first flight if they are being re-rerouted through Newquay.

Since New Year’s Eve, Clive’s supply has been severely disrupted.

On the 31st he received four days worth of editions in one day and on the following Thursday two days of editions were delivered.

Nothing came at all on the Friday and the papers arrived in sections on the Saturday afternoon. Last Monday no copies made it over.

Clive says the newspaper industry is under pressure and this level of disruption and uncertainty can drive readers online.

When there are no papers, his additional sales of sweets or cards are also affected because people are less likely to call in.

Clive says, “papers are what we’re all about and have been since 1904.”

He says he’s Skybus’ most regular customer and uses their freight service six days a week.

He just wants the company to recognise that and help him.

We’ve not heard back from the Steamship Company yet.

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