Penzance Heliport

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Penzance Heliport
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Sikorsky S-61N Echo Bravo departing Penzance Heliport for the Isles of Scilly during August 2006
IATA: PZEICAO: EGHK
Summary
Airport type Private
Owner/Operator British International
Location Penzance
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 50°07′41″N 005°31′06″W / 50.12806°N 5.51833°W / 50.12806; -5.51833Coordinates: 50°07′41″N 005°31′06″W / 50.12806°N 5.51833°W / 50.12806; -5.51833
Map
EGHK is located in Cornwall
EGHK
EGHK
Location in Cornwall
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 373 1,224 Grass with concrete pad
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Penzance Heliport (IATA: PZEICAO: EGHK) was located 0.6 NM (1.1 km; 0.69 mi) northeast of Penzance, Cornwall.[1] The heliport hosted scheduled flights to the Isles of Scilly, with a connection to the railway network at Penzance railway station by a special bus service. The heliport had a single concrete landing pad, which was 30 m × 30 m (98 ft × 98 ft), inside a 373 m × 45 m (1,224 ft × 148 ft) grass strip, 08/26.

The heliport was officially closed on 31 October 2012.

History[edit]

Services started in 1 May 1964 when BEA Helicopters Limited operated the first service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly with a Sikorsky S-61. The construction of the heliport cost £88,000[2] (£1,555,960 as of 2014).[3]

The heliport was opened formally on 1 September 1964 by Councillor Alfred Beckerleg, the Mayor of Penzance with the Lady Mayoress.

Due to the high costs of maintaining the service and falling passenger numbers, British International Helicopters ceased the operation of the helicopter route on 31 October 2012.[4] The company announced that it intended to sell the Heliport to a supermarket chain[5] and relocate to another site in West Cornwall to raise funds, although no suitable alternative site was found in time to save the service.

In early April 2013, demolition work on the main terminal buildings began, and by September 2013, nothing remains of the former heliport, with a supermarket chain now dominating the site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Penzance - EGHK
  2. ^ The Windsor Star, Saturday 19 December 1964.
  3. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  4. ^ British International Final Press Release, 1 August 2012.[dead link] Archived here.
  5. ^ Isles of Scilly Steamship Company rules out Lands End Airport move

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