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Isles of Scilly Helicopter to Tresco & St Mary’s

A new Isles of Scilly helicopter service will provide direct flights between Penzance, Tresco and St Mary’s from 2019...

The Isles of Scilly helicopter from Penzance will be the only helicopter to fly to both Tresco Heliport and St Mary’s Airport.

Planning to launch in 2019, the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter will operate all year round, with up to 17 return flights per day to Tresco and St Mary’s, and a limited Sunday schedule.

The service will reinstate direct helicopter links to Tresco, improve weather resilience and improve the passenger experience to the Isles of Scilly, reintroducing genuine choice to the Isles of Scilly transport market.

We are currently awaiting planning consent from Cornwall Council and hope to receive this in the coming few weeks. For updates, subscribe to email updates from Penzance Heliport.

If you're coming to Tresco before then, you can currently fly from Land's End, Newquay and Exeter or sail from Penzance with Isles of Scilly Travel. Find out more in our Travelling to Tresco section.



Cornwall Council will soon decide on the planning applcation for Penzance Heliport and the public consultation is once again open for comments.

To help the planning process, you can submit your comments of support to Cornwall Council on their website or by email. You can also write to: Cornwall Council Planning (Application PA16/09346), County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY.

Please ensure comments deal with legitimate planning considerations.


The Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service from Penzance will operate the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter – the class-leading twin-engine, two pilot helicopter.

The helicopter seats up to 15 passengers, each enjoying an anticipated 20kg luggage allowance, and will offer a flight time of just 15 minutes from Penzance to Tresco or St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly.

The AW139 is renowned for safety and performance and features the latest navigational technology to further improve resilience.

It is anticipated a standard adult return ticket will cost around £230 per person.


Penzance Heliport: Helicopter Gateway to the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly from a brand new, purpose-built heliport at Penzance, subject to planning consent expected in spring 2018.

The heliport’s location – adjacent to the A30 and just one mile from Penzance rail station – will provide excellent transport connectivity with the rest of the country. On-site parking, an electric shuttle bus from the rail station and the excellent visitor amenities of Penzance will make your journey to the islands a pleasure, however you arrive.

The near sea level location of the heliport site will dramatically improve weather resilience of air travel to the Isles of Scilly, with the area significantly less impacted by low cloud and fog than other, higher airfields.


The Isles of Scilly Helicopter Operator

The Isles of Scilly helicopter service from Penzance Heliport will be operated by Sloane Helicopters – one of the most accomplished helicopter operators in Europe, with nearly 50 years’ experience.

As well as strong Cornish connections, Sloane is trusted by high-profile clients including air ambulance charities and the Ministry of Defence.

Sloane is also an industry leader in new navigational technology, which will further improve weather resilience from Penzance Heliport.


Find Out More

To be the first to hear updates on the project, subscribe to email updates from Penzance Heliport.

You can find out more about the project at the Penzance Heliport website or Facebook page.


Penzance Heliport will be the only Isles of Scilly helicopter service to operate into both Tresco and St Mary's, flying from a weather-resilient, purpose-built heliport with excellent connectivity.

Robert Dorrien-Smith

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