Re-Opening Of Land’s End Airport Delayed

lands end terminalThe reopening of Land’s End Airport has been delayed by just over one week.

The construction team working on the project has found that in some places the base layer for the new runways appears not to have hardened sufficiently.

This will cause a delay while these areas are investigated and fixed.

The airport was scheduled to reopen on Monday 21st July having closed to allow for the work to take place on July 4th. Provided the work can be completed in time, the plan now is to reopen on Tuesday 29th July.

Steve Turner from Lagan Construction, who are carrying out the work, said: “The construction team are disappointed that due to unforeseen circumstances additional time will be required for completion.

“The construction team has not encountered this problem before whilst applying the specified technique of stabilising soil on site by mixing it with cement to create a base layer on which bituminous products can be placed.

“We are working closely with the airport’s design advisors to determine the cause of the problem and as such soil samples have been sent for analysis in addition to other tests that will assist in finding a solution as quickly as possible.”

Rob Goldsmith, chief executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which owns Land’s End Airport, said: “We are extremely disappointed about the delay and would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause Skybus passengers.

“Although it is disappointing to have to make this decision at such a late stage we had no option but to extend the closure period. We will be operating a full Skybus schedule via Newquay instead and are doing everything in our power to minimise disruption for passengers, all of whom are being contacted.”

The Land’s End runway works are part of a project that also includes upgrades to the Isles of Scilly Airport on St Mary’s. The Company say that the project is designed to strengthen lifeline air links to the islands, especially during poor winter weather.

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