Skybus Announces Extended Winter Flying Hours

skybus twin ottersSkybus has launched its new winter schedule today with longer operating days and a freeze on price increases.

The airline has gained the agreement of the Council to operate a longer daily schedule.

And the Steamship Company say they won’t pass on to customers the 10% increase in St Mary’s Airport landing charges that councillors voted for earlier this year.

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith, says, “we are dedicated to offering our passengers the best service we can and by extending the time they can spend on the mainland to assist with medical appointments, business trips and rail connections, we are hoping to do just that.”

The schedule, which runs from 2nd November 2015 to 5th March 2016, will give Scilly residents one hour and five minutes extra on a day trip to the mainland using Land’s End Airport and an extra 30 minutes using Newquay.

The first flight of the day from St Mary’s will now arrive at Land’s End 15 minutes earlier at 9.15am, allowing a 45 minute connection time for the 10am rail departure from Penzance to London Paddington.

Jane Hurd from Scilly’s Healthwatch says she is “delighted” as this is something that Healthwatch has been requesting, so that patients attending the mainland for medical appointments will be able to catch the 10am train and have more opportunity to attend an appointment and return home the same day.

David Jackson, Executive Director at the Islands’ Partnership, says that the extended winter flights schedule is a “welcome boost for Scilly and the local economy.”



3 Responses to Skybus Announces Extended Winter Flying Hours

  1. Ian T. July 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    What really needs improving is to get the Scillonian back to Penzance earlier on a Saturday evening so that a train that goes beyond Plymouth can be caught. We don’t all travel by car!

    • Scilly Me July 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      The National Express Coach leaves Penzance at 20.20 with cheap fares for pensioners. Some of us travel by bus and don’t moan ad nauseum.

  2. Recinda Buckingham-smithe July 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    They might well extend the flying hours and this is to be welcomed, but all it probably means is longer sitting around the airports either end due to fog