Tresco Estate's Assistant Marketing Manager has said the proposed new helicopter service would reverse a "huge decline" in visitor numbers to the islands.

Tom Matthews is quoted as telling the BBC that numbers have fallen since the previous service ended in 2012 after 50 years.

"It's the number one question that you get asked all the time - as soon as you say that you live in the Isles of Scilly, or as soon as you meet a visitor around the island, the first question they always ask you is 'so any chance of the helicopter coming back?".

Tom apparently also told BBC Cornwall that flights to Scilly under the proposals could cost around £220 return.


Plans to build a heliport on fields on the edge of Penzance are on show to the public in the town today prior to the planning application being submitted to the council on September 30. A decision is expected in early 2017.


The project, spearheaded by Tresco owner Robert Dorrien-Smith, is privately funded, with flights predicted to begin in 2018.

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