Penzance Heliport Ltd remains committed to reinstating genuine choice and reliability to the Isles of Scilly transport system through a helicopter service from Penzance.

The near sea-level location of the Penzance Heliport site is the keystone to reinstating a reliable, weather-resilient helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly. Land’s End Airport – which suffers disruption on one in every four days each year – is the problem, not the solution.

Today’s announcement sadly signals no more than one company tightening its stranglehold further on these islands. It is a blatant attempt to retain a monopoly that is not working in the interests of these islands.

The public reaction to today’s announcement has shown that people want genuine choice and real resilience in the Isles of Scilly transport system. That has always been our vision, and today we reaffirm that commitment.


How You Can Help

The best way for our supporters to help make the project a reality is by commenting on the planning application.

You can submit your comments in one of three ways:

There’s plenty more information on how to make your comment on our dedicated page.

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William milne · February 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

Please continue in your efforts. Despicable act from a bully.

If there is anything within your gift to allow me not to use the steamship company this summer please let me know.

RB Boulkam · February 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm

The every day holidayer needs this link, do not be put off by illusions and tricks by rivals who couldn’t be bothered in the past!

    B Jones · February 15, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    In the first instance, the existing (monopoly) transport provider employs delaying tactics forcing the prospect of an expensive judicial review and the significant cost of a revised planning application.

    Having protected their monopoly position for this season they then try to squash competition by launching an inferior service which will fragment the market.

    I hope the Competition & Markets Authority take an interest in this underhand business.

RUSS · February 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

Yet again The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company have shown their true colours.

IOSSC opposed the British International Helicopters flying from “their” Airport, and the new link permitted to fly from Lands End only to Tresco to protect “their” monopoly of passenger aviation transport to St Mary’s Airport.

The objection last year by IOSSC has ensured Penzance Heliport has been sufficiently delayed, so as now not to be able to operate for this coming year, whereas the IOSSC Islands Helicopters will be up and running in a few weeks.

Collectively let’s wish all the fog in creation is at Lands End Airport this coming season, and the management of the Islands Helicopter is of the standard of the Mali Rose!

Fiona Buckland · February 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Let’s stop iossc monopoly of transport to/from the Isles of Scilly. Their decision to now start a helicopter service from lands end air field smacks of desperation to keep their monopoly. Their fixed planes from lands end are continuously put on hold due to bad weather, and helicopters will be no different.

I 100% support the application for a helicopter port at Penzance, it will increase visitors to the islands and the Penzance area Which is a result for both communities, as well as challenging the outrageous pricing system foisted on current customers, it will also provide an alternative more convenient transport location, that has historically had better weather for flying to Scilly.

Please could the monopolies commission look at the bullying and total disregard for the Cornish and Scilly communities, that the Isles of Scilly streamship company have taken by trying to destroy the proposed start up of an independent company providing transport to/from the Isles of Scilly.

Doreen Akred · February 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

I hope everyone will support the PENZANCE HELIPORT.
IT is a more feasible site. All the effort that Robert has put into setting this up , we deserve to have a reliable service.
The IOSSS has been very underhanded in it’s dealings with the public and their shareholders. Why should they have the monopoly on transport. They have held it up long enough to get their own plans through, which goes to show how devious they have been.

Martin Westwood · February 16, 2018 at 8:39 am

It is time the authorities saw through blatant protectionist policies by a monopoly provider attempting to remove any competition in its fiefdom. Alternative choice is good for all and this is another attempt to delay, force up costs for the new operator and so remove that choice if at all possible. Not good news.

Jenny Adams · February 16, 2018 at 10:17 am

I am so angry at the disreputable behaviour of The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company! Their objection to the planning application for a Heliport in Penzance was clearly a delaying tactic to allow them to cobble together their own plan. They should not be allowed to hold a monopoly over transport to and from the islands.

Jacky Trevivian · February 17, 2018 at 11:26 am

As a born Scillonian, I am absolutely disgusted at the action of the Steamship Company. I find it shameful that the I.O.S Steamship Company that was originally set up for the benefit of the islanders by islanders has been hijacked by those who are looking out for their own interests rather than the interests of the wider community. We need that reliable helicopter link from Penzance.

Graham Bailey · February 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

Appalled and outraged by these charlatans – a blatant piece of chicanery! – for Mr.? May to have the unmitigated gall to appear on Spotlight and say that they’ve listened to the people of the Islands!! – is the ultimate slap in the face for your Company!. Please be assured that I have messaged friends up and down the country – to beg them to boycott this shower of crooks!.

Phil Ferris · February 17, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Many people will be fooled into the Lands end option. They won’t be so happy when they are making their way on the bus back to Penzance because of the fog. Hope you manage to beat the steamship bulleys. If they were genuine, why didn’t they come up with this option years ago. Can the monopolies people get involved. The cost of getting to the islands is ridiculous.

M Caves · February 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Monopoly in any field leads to lack of competition which in the long run is bad for the consumer. Penzance needs the heliport and the iOS community supports this for convenience and ease of connections.

Sara Corbett · February 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

How can the steamship co hold their heads up after the dirty trick they have pulled this time. It’s only a matter of weeks ago that they were almost begging Penzance Helicopters to use Lands End airport. They must have had this plan very nearly in place all the time.
They can’t ALL be too young to remember that BEA moved to PZ purely because of the fog problem. This fog problem seems to me to be much worse than it was then.
We come down to Scilly twice a year and walk the dogs usually at Lands End where it is invariably covered in fog but no sign in Penzance. It’s got to be Penzance for the new helicopter service. I for one won’t use the Lands End one on principle.

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