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Flights curtailed at soaked airfield

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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FLIGHTS to and from Scilly from a waterlogged Land's End airfield were severely curtailed by the bad weather.

Post-Christmas operations were severely compromised, with flying suspended for several days, barring isolated occasions when Skybus was able to keep to its schedules.

Early last year the airfield was closed for three months because of waterlogging.

With the only alternative, the passenger vessel RMV Scillonian, laid up for the winter Skybus passengers had to be re-routed via Newquay for a number of days, on some of which flying was impossible.

Mail was held up, the shelves of the islands' Co-op took on a forlorn look as fruit, vegetables, bread etc. were marooned on the mainland, while the newsagent received, via freighter, three days' papers in one "hit", with a fourth day's supply managing to make it by air for the first time in days.

The sense of isolation was heightened by the temporary withdrawal of the cargo vessel Gry Maritha following a brush with a rock in Crow Sound before the turn of the year.

The Steamship Company's inter-island launch Lyonesse Lady, under skipper Peter Hicks, sailed early in the new year carrying pallets of flowers for markets, arriving back late in the evening.

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