Isles of Scilly Skybus is an airline based in the United Kingdom. It operates scheduled flights throughout the year to Isles of Scilly from Land's End and Newquay, as well as seasonal flights from Exeter. Isles of Scilly Skybus' head office is in the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre in Penzance, Cornwall.
The airline was first established in 1984. It was originally an air charter operator at Land's End aerodrome, operating chartered services to Isles of Scilly. After Brymon Airways withdrew its routes to and from the islands, Isles of Scilly Skybus stepped in and began flights from Plymouth to Isles of Scilly. This route was later terminated however the airline continued to expand its network after the addition of the Twin Otter aircraft to its fleet.
Isles of Scilly Skybus allows both cabin baggage and checked baggage on its flights.
For flights with Isles of Scilly Skybus, passengers are permitted 1 piece of cabin baggage. This musn't weigh more than 8 kg and not exceed the maximum dimensions of 30 x 15 x 15 cm. A small bag is permitted as cabin baggage however please note that normal cabin cases that are typically allowed on larger aircraft may not be permitted on the Skybus.
Personal items such as an overcoat, a small cemra, binoculars or a book to read are also allowed.
On the Skybus, each passenger is allowed up to 2 pieces of checked baggage. The combined weight of these two bags mustn't exceed the maximum weight of 15 kg. The bag must also stay within the dimension limits of 75 x 50 x 30 cm.
The airline does allow passengers travelling together to share checked baggage - if passengers wish to share baggage, no one bag can weigh more than 20 kg.
Due to the type of flights the airline offers, there are no cabin classes to choose from. Isles of Scilly Skybus operates flights with the De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander. Neither of these aircraft have the means to provide a multiple-class system therefore it is likely the cabin experience will be similar to an economy-class configuration.
In the Twin Otter, there are enough seats for up to 19 passengers. Seats are laid out in a 1 x 2 format.
The BN2 Islander can only seat up to 8 passengers - the cabin is laid out in a 2 x 2 seating plan.
Flights operated by Isles of Scilly Skybus only last between 20-30 minutes therefore in-flight entertainment is not provided onboard. If you'd like to keep yourself entertained on your short flight, you can bring a book to read or watch your favourite TV shows/movies downloaded onto your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Alternatively, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cornwall and Devon coastline from your plane window.
Food is not provided on flights with Isles of Scilly Skybus - this is because the flights typically last between 20-30 minutes, which doesn't allow the airline enough time to provide a meal service or complimentary snacks and beverages.
Isles of Scilly Skybus passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.
Online check-in isn't currently available for flights with Isles of Scilly Skybus. You'll need to check in for your flight at the airport.
To check-in for your flight with Isles of Scilly Skybus, you can do so at the airport. The check-in counters will open 1 hour before the flight is scheduled to depart and close 30 minutes before departure.
We recommend arriving at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart - this should allow you enough time to check-in, clear security and reach your boarding gate.
Isles of Scilly Skybus doesn't have a frequent flyer program however there is an exclusive program for residents of Scilly called 'Travel Club'. With Travel Club, residents of Scilly get exclusive access to discounts on travel (including air travel and sea travel) as well as the chance to book short-notice standby seats.
To find out more, check out the airline's official page on Travel Club.
Isles of Scilly Skybus isn't a member of any airline alliance, however, it is a part of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company who also provide scheduled ferry services throughout the year.
Isles of Scilly Skybus doesn't fly to many destinations however it does offer frequent scheduled flights to Isles of Scilly between the following airports:
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Isles of Scilly Skybus' base is at Land's End Airport in Penzance, Cornwall. Land's End Airport is wholly owned by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and is only used by Isles of Scilly Skybus. From this airport, the airline flies frequently to St. Mary's Airport, the main airport used to access the Isles of Scilly.
The airport sees an average of 63,000 passengers per year (not including the loss of traffic between 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Isles of Scilly Skybus has 7 aircraft in its fleet. This includes 4 x De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and 3 x Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders.
The Twin Otter can seat up to 19 passengers whilst the BN-2 Islander can only seat up to 8 passengers.