23 MARCH 2020
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After eight years, the UK’s only scheduled helicopter service, between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, started again last week.
It is perhaps not the perfect timing, but opportune. Business Travel News contributor Geoff Moore was among the first passengers on the service, having flown on the last flight operated by British International Helicopters in October 2012.
Taking from 15–17min, return flights are planned for the summer peak, operated under the umbrella of long-established Sloane Helicopters, based in Sywell, Northamptonshire. Initially, a pair of six-passenger AW109s will be used but are expected to be replaced by a 15-passenger Leonardo AW139 currently trapped in China.
The new Penzance Heliport received European funding of around £1.8m and is near the location of the original landing ground. The owner of Tresco island, Robert Dorrien-Smith, has been one of the key investors in the project. This famous garden island also has a helicopter facility.
Penzance Heliport general manager Justin Wood said: “The location of the heliport is convenient for passengers travelling either by car or train. An electric shuttle bus brings them directly from the station in around 5min and with plenty of onsite parking and a number of electric charging bays for different vehicle types owners can even charge while away”.
Passengers are allowed up to 20kg of luggage using soft bags.
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