Penzance Heliport

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Penzance Heliport
Sikorsky S-61N Echo Bravo departing Penzance Heliport for the Isles of Scilly during August 2006
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
EGHK is located in Southwest Cornwall
Location in Cornwall
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 373 1,224 Grass with concrete pad
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Penzance Heliport (IATA: PZE, ICAO: 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.


Services started on 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] (equivalent to £1,600,000 in 2016).[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.

New Heliport[edit]

In 2016 plans were announced for a new helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. The proposals include building a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, near to the location of the old one.[6]

The new service hopes to be operational in 2019 and will operate flights to both St Mary's and Tresco.[7]


  1. ^ a b Penzance - EGHK
  2. ^ The Windsor Star, Saturday 19 December 1964.
  3. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  4. ^ British International Final Press Release, 1 August 2012. Archived here. Archived 14 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Isles of Scilly Steamship Company rules out Lands End Airport move
  6. ^ "Penzance Heliport | Reinstating the Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service". Penzance Heliport Ltd. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  7. ^ "A Note on Helicopters to Tresco | Tresco Island". Retrieved 2018-04-12. 

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