A new operator will take over the operation of the Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly this winter, replacing current operator Sloane Helicopters.

The helicopter service flies year-round between Penzance and the islands of Tresco and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly and has been operated by Sloane Helicopters since it was launched in March 2020.

The new operator – which will be announced shortly – will take over from November. Sloane Helicopters is already working in close cooperation with the new operator to ensure a seamless transition for passengers and staff.

Penzance Helicopters flies to Tresco and St Mary’s six days a week throughout the year, offering a 15-minute flight to the islands from a purpose-built heliport on the outskirts of Penzance. Since launching, the service has carried over 50,000 passengers between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly, increasing travel capacity, resilience and ease to the islands.

Jeremy Awenat, MD of Sloane Helicopters, said: “We are proud to have been the launch operator of this new service for the visitors and residents of the Isles of Scilly.

“We look forward to working closely with the new operator to ensure a seamless transition for our passengers and staff, and we wish them continued success on this important service.”