Helicopters Will Continue To Take Bookings This Autumn

British International plan to move heliport to St Erth

British International Helicopters has dealt with a flurry of phone calls after a mainland broadcaster reported that the company wasn’t taking bookings after October this year.

That’s not the case says BIH boss, Tony Jones, who last week told Radio Scilly that transactions would go through for Autumn flights and they would be honoured, wherever their base.

St Mary’s hotelier Chris Jones, from the Bell Rock Hotel, has warned that the uncertainty of travel after October has already been commented on by his guests.

BIH have said that if they fail to gain planning permission to change the use of their Long Rock site, so they can sell it to Sainsbury’s, they will be ceasing operations on 31st October.

Chris has challenged MP Andrew George to put his weights behind a campaign to save the helicopter.

Scilly MP, Andrew George

Andrew George says he wants the BIH service to continue but cannot get involved in planning issues or encourage Cornwall planners to back the proposal at the Long Rock site .

Andrew is worried that the business is depending on the sale of the Long Rock site so they can continue operations, rather than the service itself being self-sustaining. He added that in planning law, it would be quite improper for the planners to take into account the future viability of the company over the merits of the application itself.

But he is lobbying to get Scilly’s helicopter route exempt from newly announced air passenger duty, which could add over £160 to each leg of a journey.