Hovertravel visits Portsmouth Harbour in trials

Hovertravel carried out some trials this morning to see how the 12000 craft would operate in Portsmouth Harbour.

Hovertravel in Portsmouth

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Hovertravel’s Island Flyer visited Portsmouth Harbour for the first time this morning.

Hovertravel’s Solent and Island Flyers are normally to be found crossing the Solent between Southsea and Ryde, but today one of the 12000 craft flew into the harbour for an inaugural visit and trial.

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, said,

“We wanted to see how the 12000 craft would operate in Portsmouth and capture some iconic images of Hovertravel against this famous waterfront, so we organised a trial and chose a day when we would be seen by the thousands of people visiting Gunwharf Quays for Black Friday.”

Earlier this morning, Island Flyer left Southsea and passed through the entrance to the harbour. After performing several manoeuvres and observing how the craft operates at the low speeds suitable for harbour traffic, Island Flyer returned to Ryde via Southsea.

Neil continued:

“Our pilots, crew and engineers all agreed that this was a highly successful first visit to Portsmouth Harbour and the craft exceeded our expectations for this trial.

“Hovertravel is always interested in exploring new opportunities across the Solent and we aspire to further develop our offering in 2018.”

Friday, 24th November, 2017 3:16pm


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They could be the most manoeuvrable craft in the world but that won’t address the fundamental issues of operating Hovercraft into the Harbour – the extra journey time, the lack of an obvious terminal, and the noise.