Commercial Isle of Wight airport could transform the Island, says campaigner

Thomas Munro believes transport to the Island could potentially be transformed with the introduction of a developed airport that could be served by airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

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A government petition today has been launched today, campaigning for development of an Isle of Wight airport for commercial airline use.

Thomas Munro says that transport to the Island could potentially be transformed with the introduction of a developed airport that could be served by airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

The petition reads:

The Isle of Wight is in the unfortunate position of having very expensive and unreliable ferries as the only way to get to and from it at present.

This is why it really needs a developed airport to be served by Ryanair, Easyjet etc to give everyone another option to get to and from the Island.

The Channel Islands which are smaller and have fewer events and far fewer tourists have the option of flights or ferries.

The Isle Of Skye has a fixed link or ferries as options.

It really doesn’t feel that the Isle Of Wight’s population or visitors are given the support that the aforementioned Islands receive with regards to options of transport to and from the Island at a fair price. We are held to ransom by the ferry companies as that’s the only option we have available to us.

To sign the petition visit the UK Government and Parliament Petitions Website.

The Isle of Wight currently has two airstrips, Sandown and Bembridge, both of which are unlicensed.

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 2:36pm

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chippy2

It amazes me that no-one has mentioned Britten-Norman Islanders. Weren’t they designed here for the purpose? They are still used all over the world, including Channel Islands. Are the old arguments between B-N and the airport operators still on-going?

elliosho

No, just NO!

Billy Builder

nimby – I’m not sure I fancy jumbo jets flying over at silly oclock

tr2015

C’mon Billy. Jumbo’s? never, but light aircraft able to hop over from London City Airport, Bristol, East Midlands – excellent idea.

memormaplin

Such a good idea to have turbo props bringing tourists here also why not invite Avis or Hertz or some enterprising person to start up car hire even electric car hire would be better.

profoundlife

Meanwhile in the real world….

This is so ludicrous on so many levels it’s not worth responding. Island frustration did funny things to people. Move you, if there was a wodge of money for transport infrastructure to get off the island…

laurentian

Surely the existing airports (sorry “airfields”) are big enough for the twin turboprop planes that Flybe operate? Or how about Loganair in the Scottish Islands?
What is missing, I think, is the business case – has anybody actually calculated how many visitors come without their own transport? Once here you do need a car to get around . . .

steephilljack

We have a very good bus service on the Island…