18-Jan-2012 Source: HeliHub.com
British International Helicopters (BIH) has announced that Penzance Heliport will be available to them until the end of October this year, rather than June/July as previously thought.Â The move has been welcomed as it allows a complete summer season to be operated.
BIH had planned on moving to St Erth, but withdrew their application there after being hounded out by a bunch of short-sighted residents who thought it better that the route to the Scilly Isles stopped entirely.Â The company has already consolidated its base at Plymouth to Newquay airport, but the distances involved make that base uneconomic for a scheduled helicopter route when they are side-by-side to a fixed wing competitor.
BIH managing director Tony Jones expressed thanks to supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, who have bought the Penzance HP site, for their flexibility in allowing the change of date.Â However, it’s probably more likely driven by the slow progress of their detailed planning application than anything else.
The long-term future of the world’s longest-running scheduled helicopter route remains in the balance.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com