Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service
The Isles of Scilly Helicopter Service no longer operates. The Heliport was sold and is now a Sainsbury’s Supermarket.
British International had provided an Isles of Scilly service by helicopter since 1964which made it the world’s longest running scheduled helicopter service. The service operated all year round. It flew daily (except Sundays) from the Penzance Heliport to St Marys in the Isles of Scilly and to Tresco.
The Helicopters used to provide the service was a Sikorsky S61 a type ideally suited for the service with large windows to ensure everyone got a great view. British International Helicopters ceased operating the service on 31st October 2012. At one point alternative sites were sought but none could be found that would meet the all the requirements.
Flights to the Ises of Scilly are only available from Lands end airport on a fixed wing aircraft. The Scillonian sails from Penzance harbour during the summer carrying passengers to St Marys.© Photograph of Isles of Scilly Helicopter with kind permission of Andrew Thomas Flckr