Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport (FRIST) has issued a strong statement in support of the project to reinstate helicopter flights from Penzance Heliport to the Isles of Scilly.

The campaign group’s statement says Penzance is ‘a superior’ terminal for a helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly, owing to its strong transport links and weather resilience benefits.

The statement also condemns the actions of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company as ‘spoiling tactics’ not taken ‘in the interests of the community’, stating the company’s proposed alternative helicopter service will ‘leave islanders and visitors at the mercy of a company whose exploitation of their monopoly position has earned it unprecedented unpopularity’.

Penzance Heliport has today reaffirmed its commitment to reinstate genuine choice and reliability to the Isles of Scilly transport system through a helicopter service from Penzance.

The near sea-level location of the Penzance Heliport site is the keystone to reinstating a reliable, weather-resilient helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly. Land’s End Airport – which suffers disruption on one in every four days each year – is the problem, not the solution.

FRIST campaigns to achieve affordable, reliable all year round lifeline transport links between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland to sustain the community and the tourism based economy upon which the community depends.

The full statement from FRIST reads:

FRIST was shocked to learn of the announcement by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group of their proposal to start a helicopter service in May. This will be recognised as a spoiling tactic rather than an action taken in the interests if the community, since the company strongly opposed through a judicial review the planning application for a heliport in Penzance by a competing service.

 

Even if this proposal comes to fruition, it leaves islanders and visitors at the mercy of a company whose exploitation of their monopoly position has earned it unprecedented unpopularity as evidenced by over 11,000 signatures on a petition in support of the Penzance heliport.

 

FRIST urges Penzance Heliport and Tresco Estate to pursue with vigour their own plans for a helicopter service from Penzance to the islands, bringing much needed competition on the route, and to operate from a superior mainland terminal for rail, bus and road accessibility and from a weather point of view.

 

– Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport, 15th February 2018

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