MP Says New Helicopter Service For Scilly On The Cards

Andrew George, MP

Andrew George, MP

The islands’ Member of Parliament, Andrew George, says he hopes to make an announcement over the next few weeks about a future helicopter services to the islands.

He’s describing himself as a key driver of a group of stakeholders interested in re-launching a rotary service to the islands following the end of British International Helicopter operations last November.

Andrew says the group, which meets again today, includes people who are well known in Scilly as well as aviation and technical experts. He wouldn’t discuss financial resources and whether funding is secured but said the group has access to quite a bit of help and expertise.

Andrew says that the islands’ Council is “pretty aware” of the plans but “not fully” because of commercial confidentiality constraints.

Yesterday morning the Council’s strategic investment manager, Diana Mompoloki confirmed that she had spoken with Andrew George about a broad idea to start up a helicopter service but she wasn’t aware of more details of potential sites.

The former BIH Long Rock site in Penzance isn’t an option. The field has been ploughed and the hanger is awaiting demolition.

The MP says he doesn’t want to raise expectations but says that the idea of a helicopter link is still in the field of play. Andrew hopes that if all goes to plan there can be a service next year.

7 Responses to MP Says New Helicopter Service For Scilly On The Cards

  1. Ginnick April 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Anything to win over the electorate in his constituency hey? All pipe dreams I’m afraid, he should be focusing more on the sea links for the islands if he REALLY wants to help the islands. We all know the astronomical costs involved in running any airline, especially rotary aircraft, so why would anyone without government subsidy even entertain the idea?

  2. bilbo baggins April 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    If this proves correct this will be terrific news for Scilly. Yesterday Lands End was again closed due to a waterlogged runway. Skybus did its best to cope but this was by no means the busiest part of the season. The terminal building on St Mary’s is a drab experience and the Twin Otters are cramped and uncomfortable.

    A helicopter link could be the saviour of Scillies’ tourist trade as well as providing a proper service for the ill or infirm in emergencies or where a trip to and from the mainland in a day for a hospital visit is needed.

    Relying only on the IoS Steamship monopoly will not see Scilly prosper in the years ahead.Let us all hope that Andrew George proves to be correct and that his optimism is not misplaced.

  3. Jonny Exile April 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I must admit to wondering what Skybus make of Andrew George suddenly popping-up and making this announcement in the week that they opened their new terminal and are flying their new plane half way around the world ready for the season. It looks awfully like George and his chums are feeling a bit left out. I sincerely hope he isn’t going to come up with some expensive, possibly Tresco centric, service that creams off the Summer traffic and leaves Skybus unable or unwilling to make the further investment that’s required and unsustainable in the long term..

  4. Dorrien April 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Tresco only, I guarantee it.

  5. JeffEastick April 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Sounds like you might have another couple of thousand with you from Scilly if it comes to fruition , but long way to go before that happens , I fear, Kev.

    • Kev Wright April 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Of course Jeff, but at least it’s a step in the right direction!

  6. Kev Wright April 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Sounds promising. If he can pull this one off he’ll get my vote at the next general election!