National hospitality and brewing company Colonial Leisure Group (CLG), owner of Nautilus Aviation in Townsville, has entered into a contract to buy Heli Charters in Cairns. The combined business will make it one of the biggest helicopter fleets in northern Queensland.
This is CLG’s third investment in the region after acquiring the luxury Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef in 2011 and Nautilus Aviation in 2012.
CLG owner Chris Morris said: “Our aim is to support local tourism in the region by serving tourist attractions in and around northern Queensland with a top-rate helicopter and maintenance service.”
Heli Charters will offer services to Orpheus Island and link to other luxury properties in the North Queensland region. The combined helicopter fleet will cover tourism charters and commercial operations including mining, telecommunications and government contracts.
The purchase includes three helicopters, making a total of seven in the fleet, with plans to purchase more in the near future, Morris said.