To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition was denied approval to operate a rescue helicopter in South Georgia earlier this year.
6 December 2017
The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands takes very seriously its responsibilities for the protection of the remote and environmentally sensitive territory it administers. The operating environment on the islands is such that the Government requires that any helicopter activity meets its stringent rules in relation to safety and environmental protection, consequently helicopter use is only permitted in exceptional circumstances, such as the recent South Georgia rodent eradication programme. Given the requirements of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition it was not feasible to develop similar arrangements on this occasion in the timeframe available.