New helicopter operator revealed

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Starspeed MD, Dr Simon Mitchell

The new operator of the Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly has been announced.

Surrey-based Starspeed, one of the largest VIP helicopter operators worldwide, is set to take over from Sloane Helicopters in November.

Starspeed MD, Dr Simon Mitchell, said: “We’re extremely proud to bring our resources, knowledge and experience to this important route between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.

“Our unrivalled reputation for safety, service and individual attention – as well as our professional and friendly culture – will help grow Penzance Helicopters to the benefit of the whole Isles of Scilly community.”

Penzance Helicopters flies to the islands of Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly throughout the year from a purpose-built heliport on the outskirts of Penzance.

Robert Dorrien-Smith of Penzance Heliport Ltd said: “I’m delighted to welcome Starspeed onboard as the new operator for Penzance Helicopters from this autumn.

“With their knowledge, expertise and attitude, we will deliver on our ambition to enhance the resilience, reliability and capacity of travel to the Isles of Scilly for visitors and islanders alike.”

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