CHC launches new Sumburgh flight service

A CHC S-92 helicopter

CHC Helicopter has expanded its Sumburgh Airport operation with two S92 aircraft offering a new seven-day a week service to new and existing oil and gas customers.

Regional Director, CHC Helicopter, Mark Abbey said: “I’m delighted that we can offer this new service to our customers. Working in partnership with airport operator HIAL, we will provide an efficient service as well as an improved passenger experience at Sumburgh Airport with dedicated lounges and enhanced facilities.

“This development clearly demonstrates CHC’s future commitment to our customers operating in the northern North Sea.”

Three CHC customers including Hurricane Energy PLC will use this service initially. Passengers will travel to Sumburgh by fixed-wing aircraft, before continuing their journeys to the East and West Shetland basins by helicopter.

Sumburgh Airport, managed by Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL) Limited, is the main airport in Shetland and serves Orkney and Norway, as well as Scotland’s major cities. The facility is undergoing an extensive renovation programme which will see £6.5m invested over three years.

Major improvements have been made to energy sector facilities, including refurbishment of the offshore transit lounge with wifi and restaurant facilities both land and airside.
Managing Director of HIAL Inglis Lyon welcomed the CHC Helicopter announcement and said the airport team would work closely with CHC on the service.

“The airport team is working hard to ensure that Sumburgh continues to play a key role to support energy sector activity in the area and the fact leading operators like CHC Helicopter are expanding their operation with us is a testament to the investment we have made and are continuing to make in the facility and the weather resilience at the airport.”