Monday, 17 July 2017

Statement from the Chairman of IOS Council (12 July)

The Chairman of the IOS Council has issued a statement about the Council's  position reguarding the proposal to re-establish a heliport at Penzance.  The statement is as follows;

On 26 January 2017 the Council of the Isles of Scilly unanimously passed a motion of support for a planning application to re-establish a heliport at Penzance.

The Council of the Isles of Scilly's position is unchanged and the authority remains fully supportive of the planning application, irrespective of subsequent events.

Frequent weather related disruptions continue to occur, which expose the lack of resilience in the current air transport offer. Furthermore, there have been many instances when Islanders and our visitors have been unable to travel due to capacity issues, not air traffic constraints. Most importantly, those from our community with health issues frequently miss mainland health appointments.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly will be encouraging initiatives to help develop a strong, affordable and resilient passenger and freight offer for the Island community and our visitors, year round.

An increase in capacity, competition and a choice of operators is key to a vibrant growing economic environment on the Islands and in West Cornwall.

Ted Moulson
Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly

Publishing date: Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
Link to IOS website here


  1. Unambiguous, and rather dismissive of the potential for reliable flights from Lands End, which was, of course, a significant part of the reason that original service relocated to Penzance in the early 1960s. Jeff Marston told me, when he was the MD of the IOSSC, that Lands End, sited 400ft above sea level , and therefore subject not just to sea mist , but also low cloud, was not a place any sensible operator would choose to put an airfield.