COUNCIL TO CONTINUE AIRPORT OPERATIONS

The Council of the Isles of Scilly will continue to operate the airport for the foreseeable future.

No parties have expressed an interest in taking over since the lease was relinquished just over a year ago.

 

The Council press office said: "Following the council’s surrender of the lease of the airport, the Duchy of Cornwall has been working to secure a commercial operator with the right experience to successfully run a regional airport.

"At this time the process is still ongoing. In the meantime the Local Authority will continue to provide the high level of service and operations that it has delivered over the last 12 months.”

 

This line was supported by the Duchy of Cornwall, who said: “Following the Council's decision to terminate their lease of the airport, the Duchy appointed aviation specialists, York Aviation, to review the airport's operations and advise on ways to procure a new operator. 

"Their findings indicate that there are unlikely to be any alternative operators prepared to take on the management of the airport until its long-term viability is fully assured. Whilst we collectively work towards finding a solution, the Council will continue to run the airport, as always agreed.”

 

In terms of the airport’s viability, Senior Manager for Infrastructure Craig Dryden told Members at Tuesday’s Transport, Economic Development & Infrastructure Committee meeting that two audits were conducted recently by the Civil Aviation Authority. 

 

He said: “Everything was in order so we are fully compliant in areas such as safety management systems, rescue and fire fighting services and general airport operations. The operation of the airport is very healthy.”

 

He also said that the long-awaited EGNOS system could go live later this year. The system is designed to allow aircraft to land safely in times of low cloud or reduced visibility.

 

Craig said: “The CAA are in possession of all the design and safety cases and all the validation flight data. We are now just waiting on validation from the CAA.”

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