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Penzance Helicopters Returns to the Skies

From Saturday 4th July visitors will once again be able to travel to the Isles of Scilly on a scenic 15-minute helicopter flight with Penzance Helicopters.

Taking off from Penzance Heliport in west Cornwall, the service flies direct to Tresco and St Mary’s - two of the secluded islands that form part of the archipelago 28 miles from the Cornish coast – putting visitors in quick and easy reach of unspoilt beaches, wide-open spaces and outdoor adventures.

As the fastest and most convenient way to travel from the mainland to the islands, the brand-new service first took to the skies in March (just before lockdown) and is now returning to offer a resilient, year-round connection with up to 17 flights a day, 6 days a week.

Despite a delay to the arrival of the AW139 helicopter, due to Chinese export restrictions and European lockdown control measures linked to Coronavirus, Sloane is committed to ensuring there is no further delay to the service. In the interim, alternate industry benchmark aircraft have been put in place. Passengers will be welcomed aboard a state-of-the-art Leonardo AW169 (7-seater) aircraft operated by Solent Helicopters or one of the Penzance Helicopters operated AW109 (6-seater).

“After being grounded not long after our maiden flight we are incredibly excited to return to the skies and provide a direct air link to the Isles of Scilly,” says Jeremy Awenat, Managing Director of Sloane Helicopters, operators of the service.

“The reliability of the service will be of significant benefit to the economic recovery of the islands and will be a welcome treat for visitors wanting to enjoy a slice of remote tranquility as well as providing an essential transport link for island residents. With our state-of-the-art fleet, we will be able to regularly update the flight schedule to meet demand and offer greater availability.”

For more information or to book flights, visit the website at