Isles of Scilly Steamship Company ferry firm plans extra sailings to islands
The Isles of Scilly could see its first regular passenger sailings to and from the mainland on a Sunday under new plans.
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is negotiating to put the extra travel plans in place in time for the peak season.
Accommodation providers say any extra influx in visitors is to be welcomed, though some are keen to see what happens before giving an opinion on additional sailings.
The Steamship Company is exploring the viability of seven-day-a-week sailing and will discuss its plans with staff and harbour authorities at either end of the link and those involved in island tourism.
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Chief executive Jeff Marston said: "It remains our intention to operate a scheduled Sunday service during peak summer weekends, and we are in negotiations with a number of parties who will be necessary to making that happen.
"As soon as we are in a position to provide further details we will," he said.
Dave Meneer, who is jointly co-ordinating Scilly's Tourism and Business Partnership with Amanda Pender, the islands' Local Action Group manager, welcomed the possibility of additional sailings.
"I think it's brilliant," he said. "I hope that we have at least a reasonable summer and then people will start to think, as they used to, about coming over for the day."
Sunday sailings could be a pivotal part of this summer's tourism industry, said Mr Meneer: "It's critical we get it right this season.
"We need to get the message out there that the Steamship Company can bring everyone out here.
"Traditionally the islands aren't open on Sundays and there'll be people saying it'll be great to have the islands buzzing on that day, but there are others who'll be uncomfortable with it."
Phillip Jones, owner of the Crebinick guest house on St Mary's, said: "Full marks to the Steamship Company for putting these plans in place – but only time will tell whether it makes a difference."