Several million pounds is being invested to ensure vital sea and air links to the Isles of Scilly are maintained.
British International Helicopters is due to end its service to the islands at the end of October. Its rival, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, has announced that it is laying on more flights and buying new aircraft ready to take the 70 thousand passengers that used to go by helicopter.
Helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly will cease from the end of October. British International Helicopters says it cannot afford to run the route which has been going for 49 years. It blames the delay on selling the heliport at Penzance to raise funds.
The route has run for 49 years so this is an extremely sad announcement for BIH, its employees and its customers - in fact the whole of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Unfortunately we had no alternative
– British International Helicopters Managing Director, Tony Jones
The company will honour all customer flights booked up until 31 October 2012. Anyone with a flight booked after 1 November will be given a full refund. The closure of the heliport will affect employees and the company has entered a formal redundancy consultation process.