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'Take off' at opening of Penzance Heliport

'Take off' at opening of Penzance Heliport

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:40pm 17th March 2020. (Updated at 12:45pm 17th March 2020)

A new helicopter service from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly has launched on Tuesday. 

Penzance Helicopters saw passengers board for the first time on the new Isles of Scilly helicopter service, flying direct to Tresco and St Mary’s.

Journey times take just 15 minutes from the mainland to the islands and will be accessible all year round, operating 17 flights a day, six days a week, according to Penzance Heliport. 

The re-introduction of the service follows a significant demand from the locals to reinstate it after the closure of the previous service, which operated successfully for over 48 years until October 2012

Penzance Heliport
Penzance Heliport

“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 [Tuesday] 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.”

Jeremy Awenat, managing director of Sloane Helicopters

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 says it is thrilled with the formation of the highly-anticipated service and is excited to welcome more passengers onboard in the future.

The new service is operated by Sloane Helicopters is one of the UK’s leading onshore helicopter operators.

It says the near sea level heliport location, combined with the aircraft's performance and safety characteristics, offers enhanced weather resilience and reliability, minimising disruption to passenger journeys.

“We see it as our responsibility to deliver a robust and resilient direct airlink – and despite unforeseen international delays, our commitment stands and the service for Scilly will launch as planned.

"Our Penzance Helicopters service will be of great benefit to both islanders and visitors – much improving connectivity to the Isles of Scilly.”

Jeremy Awenat, Managing Director of Sloane Helicopters.

For more information or to book flights, visit the Penzance Helicopters website here.

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