Land's End Airport reopening delayed by runway work problems

Land's End Airport new terminal
Image caption Land's End Airport has seen severe disruption because of weather affecting grass runways

The reopening of an airfield in Cornwall has been delayed for more than week because of problems with resurfacing runways, managers say.

Land's End Airport was to reopen on Monday, but will now take flights from 29 July if work to lay tarmac on four runways is completed by then, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said.

Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly would fly from Newquay, it added.

The company said it was "extremely disappointed about the delay".

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said the resurfacing project had been on schedule until a construction team found the base layer for the new runways had "not performed as required and appears not to have hardened sufficiently" in some places.

"These issues have come to light before the final surface layer of runway tarmac was due to be applied," it said.

The company is the sole provider of commercial flights to the Isles of Scilly.

Land's End Airport has seen severe disruption over the last two winters after bad weather affected the existing grass runways.

It was closed to flights for three months in the winter of 2012/13 alone when the airfield became waterlogged.

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