Royal Mail Likely To Switch To Skybus From August

It’s likely that mail will be carried over to Scilly on Skybus in the future after British International Helicopters declined to pitch for the contract.

The helicopters currently carry letters and parcels but Tony Jones, Chief Executive of BIH, told ScillyToday that they haven’t entered into detailed contracts previously for carrying post and they don’t want to now.

Tony says they’d rather give priority to passengers and their baggage.

The contract will run from August.

A Royal Mail spokesman told us that the contract is currently out to tender and has not been signed yet. They can’t say who has expressed an interest.

Steamship Company Chief Executive, Jeff Marsten, had nothing to add.


2 Responses to Royal Mail Likely To Switch To Skybus From August

  1. Gordon Bilsborough June 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The announcement that British International Helicopters will no longer carry the Royal Mail from August is yet another indication of the uncertain future of the helicopter service to the Islands. Tony Jones, the Chief Executive of BIH claims: “they’d rather give priority to passengers and their baggage.” I find this excuse almost laughable. In the present difficult economic climate, I would have thought the company would welcome any business which produces a steady income. This latest news makes it all the more essential to secure a reliable air link with the mainland as soon as possible.

  2. Mike Vigar June 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Does BIH’s lack of interest suggest that after the closure of the Penzance Heliport news will soon follow that BIH are withdrawing from the route?