Isles of Scilly Skybus

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Not to be confused with other uses of the name "Skybus".
Isles of Scilly Skybus
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded March 1984
AOC # 1086
Fleet size 8
Destinations 4
Parent company Isles of Scilly Steamship Company
Headquarters Penzance, United Kingdom

Isles of Scilly Skybus is a British airline which operates year round scheduled services to the Isles of Scilly from Land's End Airport and Newquay Airport in Cornwall, and seasonal scheduled services from Exeter. Their head office is located in the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre in Penzance, Cornwall.[1][2]

Isles of Scilly Skybus Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type B Operating Licence; it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with fewer than 20 seats and/or weighing less than 10 tonnes.[3]

The airline is owned by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.[4] The parent company operates shipping services to the Isles of Scilly in its own name, and also owns Westward Airways.


The airline was established in March 1984 and started operations in August 1984. Isles of Scilly Skybus originated as an air charter operator at Land's End aerodrome which operated high frequency services to the Isles of Scilly. Following the withdrawal of Brymon Airways routes to and from the islands the operator stepped in, initially operating services to Plymouth. This route was later dropped but with the addition of Twin Otter aircraft the route network expanded to its current make-up. It is wholly owned by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company which also runs the passenger ferry, Scillonian III, and freight services from Penzance to the Islands. Skybus celebrated 25 years of service in June 2009, painting the aircraft tails with the 25 years mark. An extra Twin Otter aircraft was sourced for the beginning of the 2013 season following the cessation of helicopter services to and from the islands. Flights to Bristol Airport and Southampton Airport were dropped at the end of the 2012 season to concentrate on services from Exeter, Newquay and Land's End.[5]


Isles of Scilly Skybus Britten-Norman Islander

Aircraft are based at Land's End Airport and Newquay Cornwall Airport.

City Airport Notes
Exeter Exeter International Airport Seasonal
Land's End Land's End Airport
Newquay Newquay Cornwall Airport
St. Mary's St. Mary's Airport Hub


Isles of Scilly Skybus de Havilland Canada Twin Otter G-BIHO

The Isles of Scilly Skybus fleet includes the following aircraft (as of March 2016):[6]

Isles of Scilly Skybus Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Passengers
Britten-Norman Islander 4 8
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 4 19
Total 8

The most recent acquisition was a fourth Islander, registration G-BUBP. The plane was previously used in the filming of - and features in - the James Bond film Spectre.[7]


  1. ^ "Buy Cornish". Enterprise Edge. Retrieved January 19, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Isles of Scilly Skybus. Retrieved on 5 July 2010.
  3. ^ Operating Licence Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 95. 
  5. ^ Hargreaves, Andy (15 September 2012). "Skybus Axe Flights From Bristol And Southampton". Scilly Today. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Isles of Scilly Skybus". Jethro's. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Hargreaves, Andy (22 July 2015). "Skybus Acquires Fourth Islander Aircraft". Scilly Today. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 

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