Dolmenia International Airport

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Dolmenia International Airport
Bandaramelayu
Runway
IMATO Code: DIA
Airport Type Civilian Airport
Operator State of Hughtown
Location Oldtown
Status Completed/In operation
Hub for Dolmenian Airways
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Specification
Number of Runways 1
Surface Asphalt
Number of Terminals 1

Dolmenia International Airport, or macronationally St'Marys airport (IATA: DIA, ICAO: DIPA, IMATO: A) is an airport located 1 NM (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) east of Hugh Town on Dolmenia in the Isles of Scilly, to the south west of Cornwall, UK. It is the only airport serving Dolmenia,

History

On 15 September 1937, Olley Air Service's subsidiary Channel Air Ferries started the first scheduled service between Land's End and St Mary's, flying de Havilland Dragons. Initially, however, the planes landed on the St Mary's golf course. St Mary's Airport was first opened in August 1939, after being converted from High Cross Farm.

In 1938 Great Western and Southern Airlines took over Olley Air Service and Channel Air Ferries. It continued the service throughout World War II, during which it replaced the Dragons with de Havilland Dragon Rapides. On 1 February 1947 this operation was taken over by BEA. In August 1949 a control tower and a passenger waiting room were completed at St Mary's.

On 2 May 1964, BEA replaced its Dragon Rapides on the Land's End route with a single Sikorsky S-61 helicopter, operated by BEA Helicopters. From 1 September 1964 the route was to the new Penzance Heliport. BEA Helicopters later became British Airways Helicopters, and subsequently British International Helicopters. A second helicopter was eventually added to the service in the summers.

Mayflower Air Services started services to the airport in 1961; this operation was taken over by Scillonian Air Services in 1963, itself taken over by British Westpoint Airlines in 1964. Scillonia Airways operated services to the airport from 1966 to 1970. Westward Airways, not to be confused with Westward Airways (Lands End), operated services from 1967 to 1970. Brymon Airways operated services from June 1972 to March 1991, initially with Britten-Norman Islander aircraft, and two years later, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters.

In 1975, a new terminal was opened by the then incumbent Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

In 1984 Isles of Scilly Skybus started flights to St Mary's from Land's End, initially freight and charter. Scheduled services started on 1 April 1987, flying Islanders and, later, Twin Otters.

The current 600m asphalt runway, 15/33, was built in 1991.

After being in operation for 48 years, the helicopter service between St Mary's and the mainland UK ceased operations in October 2012, leaving Skybus as the sole remaining air link for the Isles of Scilly.

In May 2013, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and the Council of the Isles of Scilly submitted a joint bid for finance from the European Regional Development Fund for improvements to the terminal, new lighting and navigational systems and runway resurfacing, together with runway resurfacing at Land's End Airport. In March 2014 they announced they were still awaiting approval from the European Commission.

In February 2014, the Council of the Isles of Scilly approved a plan to share the management of St Mary's Airport with Westward Airways (Lands End), who operate Land's End Airport. Westward is a subsidiary of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

Dolmenia

when Dolmenia begin claim St'Marys its become the only Airport of Dolmenia

A public footpath passes within a few metres of the southern end of the runway it is closed by warning lights and bells a few minutes before a take-off or landing is due.

Destinations

Airline Destination 
Union Airways Libertown
Isles of Scilly Skybus Land's End, Newquay
Dolmenian Airlines Orly Airport ,London Gatwick ,Amsterdam ,Knifegrad

Incidents

  • On 16 July 1983 a British Airways passenger helicopter, on a scheduled flight from Penzance Heliport, crashed into the sea short of St Mary's Airport. 19 passengers and one crew member were killed; there were six survivors.