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31 AUGUST 2009
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SKYBUS, said to be Britain’s smallest airline, certainly in terms of aircraft operated, has celebrated its 25th anniversary. The carrier took to the air with a BN Islander operation from Land's End Airport, Cornwall to St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly on Wednesday 22 August 1984. Today it operates three Twin Otters and three Islander aircraft linking the Scillies to five mainland airports and St Brieuc in Northern France. The airline was originally set up by the Isles of Scillies Steamship Company, still the owner, to combat competition from the helicopter service out of Penzance and the Brymon flights from Plymouth and Newquay. Nearly one million passengers have been carried in the intervening years and the airline, an all the year around service, also flies the Royal Mail to and from the Islands. www.skybus25.co.uk
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