The team behind the project to reinstate helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly has confirmed its commitment to the project, after a judicial review was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

Robert Dorrien-Smith said:

“Over the past week islanders, visitors and friends of Scilly have spoken. The public reaction has shown the present transport system is simply not fit for purpose. We only want to make it better.

“A helicopter service from Penzance is right for Scilly and for west Cornwall. A helicopter based at Land’s End Airport will do nothing to improve the resilience, choice and competitiveness of the islands’ transport system – the fundamental aims of this project. We have examined the proposals; they simply do not work, as much as we would like them to.

“The reaction over the past week has clearly shown that the islands’ transport infrastructure can and must be improved. We remain absolutely and resolutely committed to this project and ask the Steamship Company to withdraw their Judicial Review challenge, which is not in the interests of these islands.”

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Jane and Keith Lovell · June 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm


The arguments put forward by IoSSCo just do not make any case at all. the Penzance heliport is hardly a ‘4th’ airport.! Similarly, if the placing of the new heliport is so wrong environmentally, then should permission been given for Sainsbury’s, Morrisons Halford’s etc?

Our recent travel problems have highlighted once again the need for another travel operator and a more reliable way of travelling to Scilly.

It has been known since 2012 that there would be attempts to reinstate a helicopter service. IoSSCo should have taken account of this fact and written their business plan accordingly.

Sue · June 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

It is a shame that the IoSSCo have such a stronghold / monopoly over transport links to the isles. If they didn’t, I would suggest we all boycott them – stop using them, going forward. They have made plenty of money out of the monopoly and should be truly ashamed of themselves. May I also suggest that we find an additional benefactor / knight in shining armour to set up another boat service – perhaps a catamaran or similar, in competition. Let’s get it crowdfunded!!

James Robinson · July 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

IoSSG believe that the resilience of two carriers would be increased by sharing facilities at lands end airport, because of the reduction to both operators of fixed costs. It is hard not to agree with that. The key argument, therefore, is the other resilience issue, whether Penzance, through being at a lower level, really offers increased resilience in foggy weather. It should be possible to determine this factually and independently, and if all else fails, then a judicial review maybe the appropriate mechanism.

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