While all major airports and airlines remain grounded across the UK, it has very much been business as usual for the Isles of Scilly Skybus and British International Helicopters (BIH) services to Scilly.
Indeed, BIH has even reported a 25% surge in bookings this week from holidaymakers fearing the volcanic dust cloud may jeopardise their summer vacation plans.
Skybus remains in full operation from both Newquay and Lands End airports, while BIH’s service from Penzance also remains unaffected, as they both fly well below the height that has grounded the het airliners.
Becky Matthews of BIH said: “We have had a lot of people phoning up to see if we are still flying and they have been absolutely delighted when we have been able to tell them it is business as usual.”
Heliport manager Carol Jones added: “I think people who had planned to perhaps go to Europe in the next few weeks and months are concerned that they could be stuck in an international airport for days on end. So they’ve looked for somewhere special closer to home. The islands are a paradise unique in every way, they’ve taken the decision to fly to our own Caribbean islands; the Isles of Scilly.”