ISSG Island Helicopters Makes First Flights To Scilly Amid Controversy

  Island Helicopters 10-seater AW169 aircraft touching down at St Mary's Airport. 

Island Helicopters 10-seater AW169 aircraft touching down at St Mary's Airport. 

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's (ISSG) new helicopter service, Island Helicopters has launched today.

The first flight departed Land's End Airport at around 8:55am despite the Council of the Isles of Scilly announcing on Friday that it would be suspending the service to ensure compliance with the Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations act of 2017.

It was announced over the weekend the first flights would go ahead despite the suspension, and this morning it was announced the flights had been re-classified as a chartered service instead of a scheduled service. 

This meant the new AW169 aircraft had to land at the other side of the airfield on St Mary's due to it being classified as a chartered service and to comply with regulations. 

Radio Scilly understands that the suspension is still in place and that the ISSG is planning to operate Island Helicopters tomorrow in a chartered capacity.

We'll have more tomorrow morning with Will from 7am.