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Penzance Helicopters has announced that advance bookings for the new 2020 Isles of Scilly helicopter service are now available online (www.penzancehelicopters.co.uk).
The new operation is set to take off on March 17, 2020, and will be the only scheduled helicopter service for the Isles of Scilly, flying direct to both Tresco and St Mary’s from the new Penzance Heliport.
The sleek new travel operation offers the fastest and most convenient service from the mainland to the islands — taking just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139 helicopter. The 15-seater helicopter will provide an accessible and reliable year-round service with up to 17 flights per day, six days a week.
The new service is to be provided by Sloane Helicopters – one of the U.K.’s leading onshore helicopter operators with 48 years’ experience – in partnership with Penzance Heliport Ltd and Tresco Estate. The near-sea-level heliport location, combined with the outstanding aircraft performance and safety characteristics, offers enhanced weather resilience and reliability, minimizing disruption to passenger journeys.
The ticket launch marks a major step forward in the re-introduction of a helicopter service to the islands from Penzance, where a service operated successfully for 48 years until October 2012. Penzance Helicopters advises guests to book flights now to secure preferred slots before they sell out.
“The Penzance Helicopters service will be of great benefit to islanders and visitors to the Isles of Scilly, as well as bringing great benefits to the visitor economy of west Cornwall,” said Jeremy Awenat, managing director of Sloane Helicopters.
Awenat added, “The level of public support for the new helicopter service from Penzance and the construction of a new Penzance Heliport has been overwhelming. We’re very much looking forward to providing this exciting new direct air link to improve connectivity to the Isles of Scilly.”
Passengers can now book flights direct to Tresco or St Mary’s using the new reservations website with standard flight prices starting from £122.50 (~ US$150) one-way.