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 typePrivate
Owner/OperatorBritish International
Elevation AMSL14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates50°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. A new heliport is now under construction which will be the base for a new helicopter service to the islands of Tresco and St Mary's.[2]


Services started on 1 May 1964 when BEA Helicopters operated the first service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly with a Sikorsky S-61. The construction of the heliport cost £88,000[3] (equivalent to £1,800,000 in 2018).[4]

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.[5] The company announced that it intended to sell the heliport to a supermarket chain[6] 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, serving both St Mary's and Tresco. The proposals include building a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, near to the location of the old one.[7] The planning application received the highest level of support Cornwall Council had ever received for a planning application.[8]

Planning consent for the new heliport was first granted in a unanimous decision by Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee in February 2017.[9] The decision was later challenged by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company in a judicial review[10]. A petition against the Judicial Review gained more than 11,000 signatures[11] and an amended planning application was submitted.[12]

The amended application was granted planning consent in a second unanimous decision by Cornwall Council in August 2018.[13]

The new heliport will be built during 2018 and 2019, with services expected to commence in 2019 or 2020, flying to the islands of St Mary's and Tresco.[14]


  1. ^ a b Penzance - EGHK
  2. ^ "Isles of Scilly Helicopter from Penzance Heliport". Penzance Heliport. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ The Windsor Star, Saturday 19 December 1964.
  4. ^ 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 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ British International Final Press Release, 1 August 2012. Archived here. Archived 14 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Isles of Scilly Steamship Company rules out Lands End Airport move
  7. ^ "Penzance Heliport | Reinstating the Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service". Penzance Heliport Ltd. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Plans changed for heliport to link Cornwall and Scilly". Pirate FM. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Planning Permission Granted for New Heliport - Penzance Heliport". Penzance Heliport. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Judicial review for helicopter link". BBC News. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ Gainey, Tom (14 September 2017). "The plans for Penzance heliport have changed". cornwalllive. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Two-million pound heliport approved". BBC News. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  14. ^ "A Note on Helicopters to Tresco | Tresco Island". Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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