Steamship Company Awarded Longer Royal Mail Contract
It means the post will continue to be flown six days a week to and from the islands by Skybus, through Land’s End and St Mary’s airports.
And if there’s no flying because of bad weather, either the Gry Maritha or the Scillonian will be loaded with letters, parcels and packets.
That’s happened on a number of occasions in the last month due to poor flying conditions.
Andy Daintree, the Steamship Company manager who is based on St Mary’s, says the new contract means the company, “will continue to deliver the same level of service as now, which will include two collections a day on the off islands.”
The Swift Lady, which carries mail to the off-islands, was refitted and re-instrumented in 2013 after 7 years of service.
Until 2012, mail was carried on the British International helicopters.
In June 2012 the Royal Mail put the service out to tender after BIH management said that they didn’t wish to enter into a formalised mail contract, because their passengers came before freight. Skybus was awarded the contract.
Two months later, BIH announced that they were closing their helicopter operation to the islands.