Land’s End Airport To Close For Runway Hardening In July

Land's End Airport

Land’s End Airport

Work to harden the grass runways at Land’s End Airport will get underway next month.

The Steamship Company said it will press ahead with the £2.6 million project now before the summer peak season, rather than wait until the autumn and risk bad weather affecting the project or causing travel disruption.

It follows the announcement that £1.3 million of support from the European Regional Development Fund has now been given the green light.

There have been several months of delay while the funding was assessed for possible state aid issues by the EU.

The work means Land’s End Airport will close for a short period from Friday 4th July to Sunday 20th July inclusive, with normal services resuming from Monday 21st July.

All Skybus services scheduled to operate to and from Land’s End will be routed through Newquay Airport.

The company says affected passengers are being informed and offered alternative travel arrangements that will minimise inconvenience.

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith said it’s excellent news for islanders and visitors who have suffered some severe disruption to and from Land’s End Airport during the extreme weather of the last two winters.

He has apologised for the short-term disruption, but says the works will make the air route “significantly more robust” in the future.

Chairman Andrew May says the company is also investing in new lighting, approach aids and drainage works.

Andrew says coupled with big improvements already underway at St Mary’s, this will be a big boost to air travel to the islands.

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