7 OCTOBER 2013
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The Isles of Scilly Steamship company is advertising for a new Chief Executive based at Penzance. It is the ‘lifeline’ operation to the islands and operates both the shipping and air links (Skybus) from the mainland.
At one time Skybus had competition from both helicopter (British International – and before that BA/BEA) and Brymon Airways, but with the cessation of the rotary route in 2012 it is now has exclusivity. The airline flies all the year round from Exeter Land's End and Newquay with Twin Otter and Islander aircraft.
For any new arrival as Chief Executive he/she has a well established sea route but many questions to be asked regarding the air links. In the past the islands’ capital St Mary’s could be a day’s outing from London but with the cessation of the Newquay – Gatwick route at the end of March this will not now be possible. From Penzance Station, Land’s End Airport, with its grass runways, is about 20 minutes (8 miles) away.
The Isles of Scilly Steamship company had a turnover of £12m last year and employs 150 people with Skybus carrying just under 60,000 passengers, a slight rise on the previous year. According to the accounts the total annual remuneration to the outgoing Chief Executive was £95k. www.skybus.co.uk
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