Castle Air Launch Private Helicopter Service To Scilly

Visitors and locals will still be able to use a helicopter to travel to Scilly, if they are prepared to pay.

A Cornish charter helicopter company is offering a service from Land’s End to St Mary’s and Tresco.

Castle Air has been in discussions with the Steamship Company and Tresco Estate over a plan to operate a scheduled service to pick up where BIH left off.

But their plans to provide direct flights to Tresco and take extra passengers when Skybus is over capacity were dropped around six weeks ago because they just weren’t viable.

Managing Director Ross Bunyan says their three Sikorsky S-76 aircraft carry 12 people each but they would really need the larger capacity models that carry up to 28 passengers. Those machines are costly and Ross doesn’t believe that finances of a timetabled service add up anymore.

Cheshire-based GB helicopters reached a similar conclusion. They had their aircraft on St Mary’s yesterday on a personal, pleasure trip.

Liskeard-based Castle Air say they intend to run charter services in 6-seater Augusta 109’s and Ross admits these charters will be for the select few, at £1,600 for each flying hour.

But those who can afford it will be able to enjoy the luxury of pick up and drop off at a variety of landing points on the mainland.


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