Residents of the Isles of Scilly have been invited to gather at St Mary’s Airport on Monday morning (May 21st) to welcome the first scheduled flight from Island Helicopters.
There will also be a celebratory breakfast buffet to mark the start of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group’s (ISSG) new helicopter service, which will offer year-round flights from Land’s End Airport to St Mary’s up to eight times a day, six days a week.
Scheduled services begin on Monday May 21st with the first flight departing Land’s End at 8.01am and arriving on St Mary’s at 8.21am. The second flight leaves Land’s End at 9.15am, arriving at 9.35am, followed by a further six flights to Scilly that day.
Pupils from Five Islands School on St Mary’s have been invited to watch the first helicopter land from a special viewing area and the Steamship Group has invited islanders to join them at the airport from 8am onwards to welcome the first helicopter when it arrives and to enjoy coffee and pastries.
Stuart Reid, acting Chief Operating Officer of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing helicopters back to the Isles of Scilly with the return of the first scheduled helicopter service to the islands since 2012. We’d like to celebrate this milestone when Island Helicopters launches on May 21st with the islanders on Scilly, for whom this new transport service will mean greater choice, and enhanced resilience in year-round transport links with the mainland.
“Please come and join us at St Mary’s Airport to watch Island Helicopters’ first scheduled flight as it is coming in to land.”
The Steamship Group received more than 5,000 registrations of interest in Island Helicopters after announcing its new helicopter service earlier this year, while "hundreds of tickets" have since been sold since sales began at the start of April.
Fares for the new service start from £215 return, and flights from Land’s End take approximately 20 minutes.