Rescue helicopters privatised

A centre in Kent will be re-opened under a new £1.6bn contract awarded to a private company to provide helicopter rescue services across the UK.

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Transport secretary welcomes new contract

The transport secretary has welcomed the awarding of a £1.6bn contract to private firm Bristow to provide the UK with a search and rescue helicopter service.

The plan will see a search and rescue helicopter service based at Manston Airport in Kent from 2015.

Our SAR helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea. With 24 years of experience providing SAR helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first-class service with state-of-the-art helicopters."

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

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