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Airport to isles open again for business

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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AFTER being closed for more than two months, flights to the Isles of Scilly from Land's End airport resumed yesterday.

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.

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.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is finalising preparations for its Scillonian III passenger ship to re-enter service on Monday following the vessel's annual winter break.

This season will include a repeat of a Sunday service, first introduced last year, in response to demand.

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