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16 June 2014, 16:21
The runways at Lands End Airport will be hardened in July, so their airport will have to close.
A £2.6 million project to harden the grass runways at Land’s End Airport will start next month, meaning the airport will be closed between the 4th and the 20th of July.
The scheme has been given £1.3 million by the European Regional Development Fund, and the other half of the money will come from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.
They say they want to get the work done now before the summer peak season rather than wait until the autumn and risk bad weather affecting the project.
Although the airport will have to close whilst the work is carried out, all Skybus services scheduled to operate to and from Land’s End Airport during that time will be routed through Newquay Airport instead.
Passengers who have already booked flights are now being contacted by letter, with new tickets to and from Newquay, and a letter detailing other options for them.
Rob Goldsmith, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which owns Land’s End Airport, said: “This is excellent news for islanders and visitors who have suffered some severe disruption to and from Land’s End Airport during the extreme weather of the last two winters. There will unfortunately be some short-term disruption for which we apologise, but the works will make the air route significantly more robust in the future.”