Council Chairman Confident On Helicopter Passenger Duty Plans

Mike Hicks, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly

The chairman of the islands’ Council says he is hopeful Government plans to charge air passenger duty for Scilly passengers, which would double all helicopter fares, will be dropped.

Whitehall wants to add additional charges to private jets for each leg of the journey and that includes our rotary service.

It would make the helicopter service unaffordable from April but Mike Hicks believes the canvassing of ministers will pay dividends.

Mike says he’s seen letters between Andrew George MP and Justine Greening, the minister dealing with this duty, and he feels that “reading between the lines” we will be excluded from the tax.

Mike says it would be “foolish” of the Government to impose this tax, especially following their refusal of cash for the Route Partnership scheme earlier in the year and he’s confident they will listen to the arguments.