By Will Lethbridge
It's been announced this evening that Island Helicopters, the joint venture between the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group and Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will not fly into Tresco.
This news was confirmed by Robert Dorrien-Smith in statement which can be read below.
"Tresco Estate has today confirmed that the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s proposed helicopter service will not be able to operate into Tresco.
Unfortunately, key stakeholders – including Tresco Heliport – were not consulted prior to last week’s announcement. Due to the delays to the Penzance Heliport project, caused by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s legal challenges, Tresco Heliport is not scheduled to become fully operational until early 2019, to coincide with the scheduled Penzance service. The safe operation of a heliport is not something that can be conjured up in a matter of months."
"Thanks to our work with key partners, including the CAA, Tresco Heliport and St Mary’s Airport, we can confirm that flights from Penzance Heliport will be able to operate into both Tresco and St Mary’s.
We currently anticipate that flights from Penzance Heliport will be operational from spring 2019, dependent on Cornwall Council’s planning decision, expected in the coming weeks."
"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our supporters, and particularly the communities on the Isles of Scilly and Penzance for their continued support for Penzance Heliport, which has only grown in recent days.
It has been so heartening to see a shared conviction that Penzance is the obvious choice, for its weather resilience, accessibility and the introduction of genuine competition to the Isles of Scilly transport market."
We'll have more on this story as it develops.