It was the end of a chapter today for the Isles of Scilly - the last daily helicopter flight taking people to the mainland. British International Helicopters operated the world's oldest passenger service.
The company blames rising costs and falling passenger numbers.
It brings to a close nearly 50 years of helicopter travel between Penzance and the islands.
Duncan Sleightholme reports:
Watch our report from August when BIH first announced they were closing the Isles of Scilly helicopter flight.
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.
Cornwall Council has blamed Tesco for the helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly being scrapped.
The operators said a legal challenge by Tesco scuppered a deal to sell the heliport at Penzance to another supermaket chain which would have funded the flights. The council called on Tesco to withdraw its challenge.
Helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance will be scrapped from the end of October. British International Helicopters says it can no longer afford to run the route. It's been described as a 'devastating body blow' for the islands and west Cornwall. Steve Hardy reports.
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The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group says it is 'disappointed' and 'saddened' by the decision by British International Helicopters (BIH) to cease its flights between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly from November.
In the absence of another operator coming forward our focus now must be to work with the island community to ensure that we do our best to compensate for this loss of service. The Steamship Company CEO and full Board of course routinely considers strategic risks and changes to our business and although we were not anticipating this outcome we are confident we can respond by looking at our scheduling and how we deploy our air and sea resources.
BIH says it can no longer afford to run the route which has been going for almost 50 years.
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
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.
The Government has confirmed that work to develop and upgrade Merlin helicopters made by Agusta Westland of Yeovil wll go ahead. They will replace existing Sea Kings from 2016 and be based at RNAS Yeovilton.