Island Helicopters suspension lifted
The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's new helicopter will start a full scheduled service from tomorrow (Saturday June 9th).
The Council of the Isles of Scilly put a stop notice on Island Helicopters on May 18th to enable the Authority to 'responsibly deal with the requirements of and to ensure compliance with the Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations 2017'.
After completing the required Habitats Regulations Assessment and following consultation with Natural England, the Council rescinded the stop notice today (June 8th).
Natural England had earlier told This is Scilly: "There is a legal requirement to consider any potential impacts of a helicopter service on the Isles of Scilly Special Protection Area.
“Prior to providing permission for a helicopter shuttle service, the Isles of Scilly Council must undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment to ensure they are complying with their environmental responsibilities.”
Island Helicopters had been operating a reduced service on a charter basis since its launch on May 21st.
Stuart Reid, Chief Operating Officer at the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We’re delighted to have been given the green light by the Council and look forward to providing a full scheduled service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly.
“We’ve had terrific feedback from customers about Island Helicopters so far and it’s great to see helicopters flying to the islands again after an absence of six years.”
The Steamship Group's inter-island freight boat Lyonesse Lady also returned to service last weekend after a fire in its engine room.