New offshore contract sees Babcock fly workers out of Sumburgh Airport

Helicopter operator Babcock has made the first flight out of Sumburgh under its new five-year contract for to support the offshore industry.

It is expected that Babcock’s offshore business will make more than 100 flights a month to oil and gas installations in the Northern North Sea on behalf of EnQuest, TAQA and CNR International.

Passengers fly from Aberdeen to Sumburgh on a Loganair ATR 42 aircraft, before taking the final leg by offshore helicopter.

Today the first flight of 38 passengers left Aberdeen International Airport on a Loganair aircraft arriving at Sumburgh where they transferred to  Babcock S-92 helicopters, with one helicopter flying 19 passengers to CNR’s Ninian Southern platform and another taking 19 passengers to TAQA’s Cormorant Alpha and Tern platforms.

Babcock Offshore director Ian Cooke said: “Today’s first flight marks a significant moment for us as we embark on a new relationship with an important new customer group.”

The loss of offshore contracts to the Babcock/Loganair partnership operating out of Sumburgh Airport led to the closure of Scatsta Airport in the North Mainland last month.

One of the Babcock fleet of helicopters.
One of the Babcock fleet of helicopters.


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