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Land's End Airport Upgrade Unveiled

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4:23pm 9th April 2013

Land's End Airport has unveiled its new £1 million facelift.

The first passengers are flying from the new-look terminal to the Isles of Scilly on Tuesday.

Changes include a new cafe, baggage handling, dedicated arrivals area, internet access and full disabled facilities.

There will also be improvements to car parks and a new Air Traffic Control Tower.

Airport Manager Christopher Pearson, said: "It's fantastic, it's the first step really of their holiday. We are the gateway to the Isles of Scilly now, and this new terminal really stamps the authority onto that. You know, we are here to dedicate and to serve the people on the Isles of Scilly.

"The main contractor is from Helston and alot of the sub-contractors are local to St Just and Penzance and Truro. We've had to take further staff on as well, as we're taking a few more passengers on due the Penzance helicopter situation."

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, who own the airport, run year-round Skybus flights to and from the islands.

Upgrading the airport is one part of a major investment in the firm's air and sea travel links to the Scillies.

That includes a £2 million upgrade of the Scillonian Ferry, which has created 50 jobs.

The firm has also bought a new aircraft, boosting its Skybus fleet to seven, meaning it can run more flights.

Robert Dorrien-Smith who owns the island Tresco, said: "This building is totally state of the art. It's got every modern electronic and computer aid. It's got decoration, it's got a wonderful coffee bar. There aren't many airports in Cornwall with marbles loos."

4:23pm 9th April 2013

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