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Helicopter flights to Isles of Scilly end after 50 years

British International will cease flying later today. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Daily helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly are ending today.

It brings to a close nearly 50 years of travel between Penzance and the islands. British International Helicopters blames rising costs and falling passenger numbers.

The last flight will leave Penzance heliport at 5:30 this evening.



Flights between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly to cease

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.

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