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Flights from Land's End to Scilly set to resume after two months

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

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Flights from Land's End to Scilly set to resume after two months

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For the first time in more than two months, flights to the Isles of Scilly will resume from Land’s End Airport from tomorrow.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said the recent spell of dry weather meant the runways at Land’s End Airport had dried out sufficiently for operations to resume.

Since the start of the year flights have been operating via Newquay Cornwall Airport due to waterlogging at Land’s End Airport following the wettest winter on record in the UK.

There are plans to harden the runways at Land’s End and upgrade St Mary’s Airport terminal and resurface its runways. These plans are currently awaiting European Commission State Aid approval following a funding bid by the Council for the Isles of Scilly.

Rob Goldsmith, chief executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said: “We’re delighted to be resuming flights from Land’s End Airport and would like to thank all our customers for their patience and support during the unprecedented weather of recent months.

“Resilience of the route remains our priority and the planned investment in runway improvements at Land’s End Airport and at St Mary’s will make our Skybus operation far more robust in poor weather.”

Mr Goldsmith said the timing of the runway improvement works at Land’s End Airport would depend on approval of a funding contribution from the European Commission. The company plans to avoid undue disruption to the busiest part of the travel season but complete the work before next winter.

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  • goliath_david  |  March 11 2014, 10:29PM

    None of that matters though, now that Penzance has a new roundabout and a Sainsburys store so far away from Tesco and Morrisons, and one that is so close to the town centre that you could walk right past it and miss it. The Scillies are so old hat to Sainsburys, the Scillonians should be proud they are so close to such a big name store.

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  • Splurgeblanco  |  March 11 2014, 5:28PM

    The impact of the helicopter service ending must really being felt now? That knocked group travel to the Isles on the head. There's talk of Tregarthens hotel on St Marys being sold. The hotel on St Martins has been shut for over a year. The Scillys are in a very precarious position for the forseeable future.

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