TWO DESTINATIONS

The only Isles of Scilly helicopter service to fly to both Tresco and St Mary's

ENHANCING RESILIENCE

Penzance will enhance weather resilience, being less prone to low cloud and fog

IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY

Adjacent to the A30 at Penzance and just one mile from Penzance Railway Station

UNLOCKING GROWTH

Adding capacity, creating 30 new jobs, and helping unlock growth on Scilly and in Penzance

ALL YEAR ROUND

Up to 17 flights per day with a 15 minute flight time aboard the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter

PROVIDING CHOICE

Reinstating a choice of transport provider to the Isles of Scilly, encouraging innovation and service

Isles of Scilly Helicopters to Tresco & St Mary’s

Penzance Heliport will be the home to Isles of Scilly helicopters from 2019, providing the only helicopter service to fly to both Tresco Heliport and St Mary’s Airport. 

Planning to launch in 2019, the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter will operate all year round, with up to 17 return flights per day to Tresco and St Mary’s, and a limited Sunday schedule.

The service will improve weather resilience and accessibility, reinstate direct helicopter links to Tresco, and improve the passenger experience to the Isles of Scilly, reintroducing genuine choice to the Isles of Scilly travel market.

The Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service from Penzance will operate the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter – the class-leading twin-engine, two pilot helicopter.

The helicopter seats up to 15 passengers, each enjoying an anticipated 20kg luggage allowance, and will offer a flight time of just 15 minutes from Penzance to Tresco or St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly.

The AW139 is renowned for safety and performance and features the latest navigational technology to further improve resilience. It is anticipated a standard adult return ticket will cost around £230 per person.

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service from Penzance Heliport will be operated by Sloane Helicopters – one of the most accomplished helicopter operators in Europe, with nearly 50 years’ experience.

As well as strong Cornish connections, Sloane is trusted by high-profile clients including air ambulance charities and the Ministry of Defence.

Penzance Heliport: Helicopter Gateway to the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly from a brand new, purpose-built heliport at Penzance, subject to planning consent expected in spring 2018.

The heliport location – adjacent to the A30 and just one mile from Penzance rail station – will provide excellent transport connectivity with the rest of the country. On-site parking, an electric shuttle bus from the rail station and the excellent visitor amenities of Penzance will make your journey to the islands a pleasure, however you arrive.

The near sea level location of the heliport site will dramatically improve weather resilience of air travel to the Isles of Scilly, with the area significantly less impacted by low cloud and fog than other, higher airfields.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book yet?

Can I book yet?

We anticipate flights will begin in 2019. Please sign up to our email updates to hear the latest news, offers & updates.

Will you fly to both Tresco and St Mary's?

Will you fly to both Tresco and St Mary's?

Yes – the helicopter service from Penzance will be the only service to fly into both St Mary’s Airport and Tresco Heliport.

Why Penzance?

Why Penzance?

Penzance Heliport will be at low altitude, giving significant weather resilience, has excellent road and rail access and has excellent existing tourist infrastructure and essential services.

Have you got planning permission?

Have you got planning permission?

The project gained planning permission in February 2017, which was then challenged by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. We now await Cornwall Council’s decision on our amended application.

What will the helicopter be like?

What will the helicopter be like?

The AW139 is the class-leading twin-engine helicopter, renowned for safety, performance and reliability. The helicopter will be flown by two pilots, can seat up to 15 passengers and will fly to the Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly in just 15 minutes. The AW139 features the latest navigational technology to further enhance weather resilience.

Who will operate the helicopters?

Who will operate the helicopters?

Sloane Helicopters will operate the helicopters and supply key staff, including pilots and engineering support. Sloane have nearly 50 years’ experience and are one of Europe’s leading helicopter companies. The company enjoys strong Cornish connections. Sloane is trusted by high profile clients including air ambulances and the Ministry of Defence.

Will you welcome passengers with mobility difficulties?

Will you welcome passengers with mobility difficulties?

We will do everything we can to make all passengers welcome.

What will a ticket cost?

What will a ticket cost?

We anticipate a standard adult return fare will cost around £230.

What will the luggage allowance be?

What will the luggage allowance be?

We anticipate a 20kg per passenger luggage allowance.

Will you allow dogs?

Will you allow dogs?

We expect to welcome dogs onboard the helicopter.

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Support

The project has received huge support from the residents and visitors of the Isles of Scilly and Penzance to businesses, organisations and Councils.
Public Petition

Public Petition

11,500 + Signatories

A petition calling for a heliport in Penzance and for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to cease its legal objections to the project has now gained more than 11,500 signatures.

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Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council

2017 Strategic Planning Committee

"...An important link that will have significant benefits for local businesses and visitors. Overall it is considered there are very clear benefits arising from the scheme that are not outweighed by the concerns raised."

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Council of the Isles of Scilly

"Economic & Social Benefits"

"A helicopter service at Penzance… could increase the viability of many journeys to Scilly… demonstrates private sector optimism for the future of the islands and may stimulate new economic activity. We hope increased competition will drive improvements in customer service, value for money and resilience."

Isles of Scilly Islands' Partnership

The Islands' Partnership

"A Welcome Boost"

"The reintroduction of a helicopter service to Scilly will provide added resilience and increased choice in the marketplace, providing a welcome boost in confidence for businesses, the islands' community and our visitors."

Visit Cornwall

Visit Cornwall

"Hugely Important"

"The reinstated helicopter service is hugely important to Cornwall, and the future development of its visitor economy. Visit Cornwall is delighted with the news and we fully support you in this venture."

Penzance Town Council

Penzance Town Council

"Strategically Vital"

"A helicopter from Penzance is strategically vital to the island economy and the sustainability of the island community. The service provides substantial economic benefits to Penzance and West Penwith. The proximity of the heliport to a mainline railway station, the A30 and the ferry terminal make Penzance the obvious choice.”

Derek Thomas MP - Credit: UK Parliament

Derek Thomas MP

"Significant boost"

"The investment will be a significant boost for our economy and help address many concerns people on the islands have regarding transport, particularly during the winter."

Duchy of Cornwall

Duchy of Cornwall

"Improved Access"

"The Duchy welcomes investment to support and enhance transport to and from the Isles of Scilly. The Duchy is always keen to see access improved for visitors and those involved in the islands' growing businesses."

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

"Quality of Life"

"Without resilient airlinks to Scilly there will be a continued decline in visitors to the islands and quality of life and access to essential services for islanders."

Penzance Chamber of Commerce

Penzance Chamber of Commerce

"Huge Benefit"

"The helicopter link with Scilly provides huge benefit to the economy of Penzance, particularly in the shoulder months."

Aerial view of the Isles of Scilly

Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport (FRIST)

"Dependable & Versatile"

"The new service will improve transport resilience, provide travellers with more options and the competitive edge will serve to drive up standards. The service will lift confidence in the islands and be a strategically important development."

Star Castle Hotel

Star Castle Hotel

"More Confidence"

"It is extremely important for visitor confidence that we have a robust transport system. This new service will be a huge step forward in achieving that. We look forward to the future now with much more confidence."

Devon & Cornwall Business Council

Devon & Cornwall Business Council

"Timely investment"

"This is a timely investment for the peninsula tourist industry. This facility will greatly enhance tourist activity and benefit the local economy, local suppliers and related businesses."

Travelwatch Southwest

Travelwatch Southwest

"Much needed"

"Penzance Heliport Ltd’s scheme to establish a reliable, high-frequency, year-round link between Penzance and St Mary’s and Tresco would provide a much-needed antidote to the damaging effects of peripherality and isolation from reliable transport networks."

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