MP Still Hopeful Of New Helicopter Service After Short Delay On Decision

helicopter agusta westland 189Scilly’s MP says he’s still hopeful that a helicopter service to Scilly will be reinstated.

It’s been over two years since BIH ended the route, which had served the islands for 49 years.

In the autumn, Andrew George had said there would be a definite decision on re-starting a service by Christmas, but there’s been a short delay in arranging a meeting between government ministers and the interested parties, including AgustaWestland.

The new operator could take advantage of current AgustaWestland AW189 aircraft.

Andrew says the feasibility study on the service, which has been produced by accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers, hasn’t yet been shared with the Department for Transport.

He’s hoping to hand that over to government officials early in the New Year.

Andrew says there were claims earlier this year that copies of the report were being handed around, so both companies involved are “treating it with care.”

But he believes that the analysis shows the project is viable.

Earlier this year Derek Thomas, the Conservative candidate who intends challenging Andrew George for the parliamentary seat, announced that a well-known national retailer was interested in a partnership with a new helicopter service.

Derek was unable to reveal the company at the time, but the Co-operative has confirmed that it was approached about supporting the operation of a helicopter service.

Radio Scilly understands that the project was discussed at the highest level within the company. Manchester-based spokesman Andrew Torr says that, as a community retailer, the Co-operative looks at sponsorship opportunities wherever possible. But they have no plans currently to sponsor a helicopter.

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