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Penzance Helicopters welcome their first passengers onboard the NEW Isles of Scilly helicopter service

Penzance Helicopters is today (17th March 2020) welcoming the first passengers onboard for the new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service flying direct to Tresco and St Mary’s.

Despite unforeseen international delays to the arrival of the AW139 helicopter, the service has launched promptly using an interim AW109SP helicopter from the operator’s fleet. Coupled with the success of the heliport build, Penzance Helicopters is thrilled with the formation of the highly-anticipated service and is excited to welcome more passengers onboard in the future. As the central hub for the service, the team at the heliport will be on hand to answer any customer queries on the new contact number: 01736 780828.

Jeremy Awenat, managing director of Sloane Helicopters, comments on the launch of the Penzance Helicopters service:

“It’s an enormous credit to everyone who has been involved in the intricate planning, construction and creation of the only scheduled helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly. Today we find ourselves celebrating the launch of this long-awaited, resilient service. The inaugural flight departed from the new Penzance Heliport at 8:00am on Tuesday 17th March, 2020, before touching down on St Mary’s in just 15 minutes. The year-round service will offer a boost to the social and economic future of the Isles of Scilly and West Cornwall, further strengthening the islands’ transport links, benefitting both residents and visitors alike.”

The sleek new travel operation offers the fastest and most convenient service from the mainland to the islands - taking just 15 minutes. The exciting, accessible and reliable year-round service operates up to 17 flights per day, six days a week.

The re-introduction of the long-awaited service follows a significant demand from the locals to reinstate a helicopter link to the islands after the closure of the previous service which operated successfully for over 48 years until October 2012.

The new service is operated by Sloane Helicopters – one of the UK’s leading onshore helicopter operators with 49 years’ experience – in partnership with Tresco Estate. The near sea level heliport location, combined with the outstanding aircraft performance and safety characteristics, offers enhanced weather resilience and reliability, minimising disruption to passenger journeys.

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