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Penzance Heliport Welcomes Steamship Company Statement

Penzance Heliport has welcomed a positive statement from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group (ISSG) on the future of transport links to the Isles of Scilly.

In a statement today (21st August 2018) the Steamship Company says it accepts Cornwall Council’s decision to approve plans for Penzance Heliport. The Company added it is committed to working “with all parties to ensure a robust and sustainable transport system for the Isles of Scilly.” You can read the Steamship Company’s full statement here.

In response, a Penzance Heliport spokesman said: “We are pleased the Steamship Company has publicly accepted Cornwall’s Council’s second unanimous decision in support of Penzance Heliport.

“Our aim has always been to improve the resilience, capacity and sustainability of transport to the Isles of Scilly for the benefit of islanders and visitors.

“We have long called for cooperation for the good of the islands and now look forward to working with the Steamship Company and other key stakeholders to achieve these aims.”

Cornwall Council unanimously granted conditional planning consent for Penzance Heliport on 2nd August 2018. At the time Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is behind the Penzance Heliport project, called for “a new era of honest cooperation for the good of the islands.”

Penzance Heliport will operate up to 17 return flights per day throughout the year from Penzance to Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly. Passengers will fly aboard a state of the art 15 passenger AW139 helicopter, with an expected flight time of 15 minutes.

The heliport site in Penzance, off Jelbert Way close to the former heliport site, will provide excellent connectivity to the rest of the country and improved weather resilience thanks to its near sea level location.

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