Land’s End Airport has recorded its busiest July ever, with more than 8,500 passengers passing through the airport.

The previous best was in July 2018.

Land’s End Airport, owned and operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, is the gateway to the Isles of Scilly and the home of Skybus for more than 35 years.

The company has also seen a significant rise in passengers taking day trips to the islands from Land’s End Airport, with a total of 1,541 passengers in July alone.

Skybus has flown more than 31,000 passengers from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter airports so far this year, with more than 11,000 booked to travel so far in August.

Land’s End Airport manager, Chris Pearson, said: “It has been our busiest July ever, which shows that although aviation may be going through a difficult time, people’s appetite for travel is still as strong as ever.

“Land’s End to St Mary’s is our most popular route, which is no surprise given how scenic the 15-minute flight is.

“What makes it even more unique is our 19-seater Twin Otter planes, where passengers meet the pilot and watch them at work. Customers describe it as “real flying”.

“We are extremely proud of our service and would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of passengers who have flown with us this year.”

Land’s End Airport handled 15,042 aircraft movements (11,177 airport movements and 3,865 overflights) and 64,000 terminal passengers in 2019, making it the 36th busiest airport in the UK.

In April, the flight between Land’s End and St Mary’s was named the UK’s busiest flight route – busier than London Heathrow to New York’s JFK.

The Skybus flight overtook major airports and international airlines to head the list of the top ten routes from UK airports, according to global travel data provider OAG.

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