Biggest ever Skybus summer schedule takes off from Exeter Airport
Flights to the Isles of Scilly take off from Exeter next week as Skybus launches its biggest ever summer schedule. From Monday (4th March) Skybus is increasing the number of flights from just one weekday service and two on Saturdays last year, to up to five flights a day, six days a week at the height of the season.
The new timetable will start with up to three flights a day operating between Exeter and St Mary’s from Monday to Saturday until 23 March, increasing to up to four a day from 25 March and then up to five a day from 25 May until 31 August, excluding Sundays.
Flights from Exeter Airport to the Isles of Scilly take just 60 minutes, putting the islands within easy reach for passengers travelling from Devon, the wider South West or further afield. Exeter Airport will also be offering discounted parking for Skybus passengers.
As part of a multi-million pound investment into its travel services this season, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company will shortly take delivery of a fourth Twin Otter aircraft to add to its fleet of six aircraft, which will increase the company’s capacity for flights to and from the Isles of Scilly from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End.
Jeff Marston, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said: “Exeter is a key gateway to the Isles of Scilly and has proven to be an increasingly popular route for Skybus passengers so we are launching our biggest ever summer schedule from Exeter. Our bookings for the summer season are significantly up on 2012 and our investment in an extra aircraft will give us more flexibility across our route network.”
Matt Roach, Managing Director of Exeter Airport added: “We are delighted with such a significant expansion in Exeter’s Isles of Scilly services. These flights have always been popular but this summer, with the greater capacity, we anticipate the highest number of passengers on the route in the airport’s 75 year history. Many of our passengers will be reducing their road miles by departing from Exeter but a significant number of travellers to the islands will also enjoy our connectivity and the flights linking to other parts of the UK and Europe.”