Tresco Heliport

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Tresco Heliport
Tresco Helicopter.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Tresco Estates
Location Tresco, Isles of Scilly
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 49°56′44″N 006°19′53″W / 49.94556°N 6.33139°W / 49.94556; -6.33139Coordinates: 49°56′44″N 006°19′53″W / 49.94556°N 6.33139°W / 49.94556; -6.33139
EGHT is located in Isles of Scilly
Location on Isles of Scilly
Number Length Surface
m ft
07/25 30 × 30 98 × 98 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
The heliport with one of British International Helicopters' Sikorsky S-61 helicopters on the ramp
The terminal building, with part of the island's famous Abbey Gardens in the background

Tresco Heliport (ICAO: EGHT) was a heliport located on the island of Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly off the southwest coast of England, UK.[2]


Tresco Heliport had a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P677) that allowed flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee. The aerodrome was not licensed for night use.[3]

Tresco's principal industry is tourism, and the heliport supported this by enabling scheduled helicopter service to and from the mainland. Without the presence of the heliport, visitors to the island from the mainland can now transfer to the inter-island boat service from the main island of St. Mary's. The heliport was owned and operated by Tresco Estates, who lease the island from the Duchy of Cornwall.

Tresco Heliport was opened by John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, Chairman of British Airways, on 26 April 1983.

On summer weekdays the heliport received up to six flights a day from Penzance Heliport on the mainland, declining to two services a day in winter. Passengers were conveyed from the heliport to their resort or destination on a passenger carrying trailer drawn by a farm tractor.[4] A footpath from one of the main landing beaches, at Carn Near, to the Abbey Gardens crosses the heliport landing field;[5] it was closed by warning lights and bells a few minutes before a helicopter was due to land at the heliport, and opened again after the helicopter had taken off.

The heliport was officially closed on 31 October 2012 and all commercial flights ceased operations. Private helicopter flights to Tresco are still welcomed by the owner.[6]

In 2016 plans were announced for a new helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
British International Helicopters Penzance, St Mary's (ended 31 October 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tresco - EGHT
  2. ^ United Kingdom, AIP
  3. ^ Civil Aviation Authority Aerodrome Ordinary Licences
  4. ^ "British International Isle of Scilly Helicopters". British International Ltd. Retrieved 18 January 2007. 
  5. ^ "1:25,000 scale map of Tresco". Ordnance Survey. 
  6. ^ "Tresco Heliport". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  7. ^ Armstrong, Paul (25 August 2016). "Proposals for replacement Penzance Heliport to be revealed". Falmouth Packet. England. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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