St Mary's Airport (Isles of Scilly)
|St Mary's Airport|
|IATA: ISC – ICAO: EGHE|
|Operator||Council of the Isles of Scilly|
|Serves||Isles of Scilly|
|Location||St Mary's, Isles of Scilly|
|Elevation AMSL||119 ft / 36 m|
|Sources: UK AIP at NATS|
St Mary's Airport (IATA: ISC, ICAO: EGHE) is an airport located 1 NM (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) east of Hugh Town on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, to the south west of Cornwall, UK. It is the only airport serving the Isles of Scilly handling all air traffic to and from the Islands. The airport on St. Mary's is operated by the Council of the Isles of Scilly.
A public footpath passes with a few metres of the southern end of the runway; it is closed by warning lights and bells a few minutes before a take-off or landing is due.
St. Mary's airport was first opened in August 1939, after being converted from High Cross Farm. In 1964, BEA Helicopters Limited started a helicopter service between Lands End and St. Mary's with a fleet of Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. In 1972, Brymon Airways commenced services to the airport with a fleet of Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. 2 years later, a Twin Otter service to St. Mary's was started. In 1975, a new terminal, at the same location as the current terminal, was finished and was opened by the then incumbent Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The current 600m asphalt runway, 15/33, was built in 1991. After being in operation for 48 years, the helicopter service between St. Mary's and the mainland UK ceased operations in 2012.
The terminal at the airport is open all year round whilst the airport is in operation. It has a buffet, toilets, as well as access to wheelchairs upon request. The airport is used as a base for some emergency services such as the Navy Search and Rescue service based at RNAS Culdrose and the Cornwall Air Ambulance, as well as being the administration centre for the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service.
Airlines and destinations
|Isles of Scilly Skybus||Land's End, Newquay
On 16 July 1983 a British Airways passenger helicopter, on a scheduled flight from Penzance Heliport, crashed into the sea 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) short of St Mary's Airport. 19 passengers and one crew member were killed; there were six survivors.
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