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Nearly 210,000 passengers travelled with ISSG last year

A total of 209,853 passengers travelled between Scilly and the mainland with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group in the last financial year.

Some 96,340 (46%) took Skybus and 113,513 (54%) opted for the Scillonian between April 1st 2016 and March 31st 2017.

The information was included in the Steamship Group’s Statement of Accounts for the year ending March 31st 2017.

The Skybus and Scillonian figures were 95,704 and 116,886 respectively the previous year.

Chairman Andrew May said in his report: “Passenger numbers continued to grow between the mainland and the islands, for the third consecutive calendar year. The picture was a little confused, however, due to the unusual occurrence of two easter periods falling in the prior period under review. 213,765 travelled during calendar year 2016, an increase of 1.2% on previous year.”

Total turnover was down slightly at £17.094 million (£17.402m in 2015/6), while profits after tax were £1.519 million (down from £1.840m in 2015/16).

Investment in the purchase and conversion of new freight vessel the Mali Rose was valued at £2.585 million, while £298,000 was spent on a new passenger reservation, freight booking and e-commerce website; £746,000 on three aircraft engines; and £186,000 on a new Fire Engine.

A dividend payment of 12p per share was proposed, up a penny on last year.

Elsewhere, Cornwall Airport Newquay saw passenger numbers grow by 23% in 2017 to 453,795.

Gatwick is the airport's most popular destination, while Faro is its furthest and the Isles of Scilly its closest.


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