To clear up any confusion caused by last week’s announcement by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, I can confirm that there will not be a helicopter service to Tresco in 2018.
Unfortunately, key stakeholders – including Tresco Heliport – were not consulted prior to the announcement. Due to the delays to the Penzance Heliport project, caused by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s legal challenges, Tresco Heliport is not scheduled to become fully operational until early 2019, to coincide with the scheduled Penzance service. The safe operation of a heliport is not something that can be conjured up in a matter of months.
Here on Tresco, we eagerly anticipate the start of the 2018 season. For those travelling to Tresco this year, you will, of course, continue to be met from St Mary’s by Del and the Tresco Shuttle team, our friendly boatmen from Tresco Boats, and the welcoming transport team on the island.
A Direct Link from 2019
We remain absolutely committed to the Penzance Heliport project, which will reinstate direct helicopter flights to Tresco and St Mary’s from Penzance. We anticipate flights will be operational from spring 2019, although this is dependent on Cornwall Council’s planning decision, expected in the coming weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our guests and the communities on the Isles of Scilly and Penzance for their continued support for Penzance Heliport. It has been so heartening to see a shared conviction that Penzance is the obvious choice, for its weather resilience, accessibility and the introduction of genuine competition to the Isles of Scilly transport market.