“CHC Canada is establishing a presence in St. John’s,” said T.R. Reid, a spokesman for CHC Helicopters, responding to recent questions on the activities of CHC Helicopters Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In May, CHC Helicopters Canada landed an 18-month contract with Statoil for flights to and from the exploration rig West Hercules. In a statement at the time, CHC Helicopters Canada said it would use two Sikorsky S-92A helicopters to carry out the contract work, beginning this fall.
The aircraft are being housed in Hangar Two at the airport in St. John’s, where there have been renovations as of late, tied to the increased presence for CHC Helicopters Canada.
According to Reid, the aviation company has an interest in the future of offshore oil and gas work in the region. He said CHC Helicopters Canada plans to chase more transport contracts for the province’s offshore in future.
“We think over time, long term, there will absolutely be further oil and gas development there,” he said.
CHC Helicopters Canada is a separate entity from CHC Helicopter, with the former based in Halifax and the latter headquartered in Vancouver.