Great Yarmouth – North Denes Airport

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North Denes Airport
Great Yarmouth – North Denes Airport
Airport type Private
Operator CHC Helicopter
Location Great Yarmouth
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 1.8288 m
Coordinates 52°38′11″N 001°43′23″E / 52.63639°N 1.72306°E / 52.63639; 1.72306Coordinates: 52°38′11″N 001°43′23″E / 52.63639°N 1.72306°E / 52.63639; 1.72306
EGSD is located in Norfolk
Location in Norfolk
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 480 1,575 Grass
18/36 360 1,181 Grass

North Denes Airport (ICAO: EGSD) is a heliport that is located in the northern suburbs of Great Yarmouth, just off the A149 next to Yarmouth Stadium, used as a base for services to the gas platforms in the southern North Sea. Fixed-wing aircraft are not permitted to use the heliport. The heliport is owned by CHC Helicopter, which operate several helicopters, specifically the AgustaWestland AW139 x 4.

There were plans to close the heliport in 2011 with operations being moved to Norwich International Airport, and it is now closed and abandoned and is a disused airport. It closed on the 1st March 2015 indefinitely.[1]

The heliport was deemed "uneconomical" and "un-viable" by the CHC management in writing to the employees following the loss of PERENCO contract and announced the closure of the facility as an heliport. Redundancies were announced on 02/03/2015 to all staff. The final date of closure was not specified, and with "no plans" announced for future operations in Norfolk, CHC will have no presence in the Region. All but 3 pilots were made redundant as from 31/03/2015.


The Denes were an extensive beach area on the east side of the walled town. Townsmen let their animals roam here. Also in the area are windmills that had been built since the time of Edward I, and were a source of complaint by the Cinque Ports men, who charged that they interfered with the drying of fishing-nets. In 1277, Edward ordered a limitation on the number of windmills there. This right to dry their nets there was part of the rights of "den and strond" granted the Cinque Ports men by Henry II; the nets were hung from ships' masts.

The beach at North Denes was also used as an area for building ships, while old, derelict ships abandoned there was another source of annoyance to the Portsmen.


  1. ^ "Town’s heliport to close next year" East Coast Live; Retrieved 20 November 2010]

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