The future of transport links to the Isles of Scilly looks far more secure than it did last month, with news that several million pounds is being invested to maintain vital sea and air links to the Isles.

In August British International Helicopters (BIH) announced it was ending its service to the Isles at the end of October.

Today, its rival, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, announced it is laying on more flights and buying new aircraft to take the 70,000 that used to go by helicopter. The company provides air and sea routes to the islands.

BIH operated flights are due to cease at the end of October Credit: ITV Westcountry

BIH admitted last month it could no longer afford to run its route to the Scillies, which has been going for almost 50 years.

Today's announcement by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company will come as a relief to people living on the Isles and its visitors. The decision by BIH to cease its service from Penzance was met with concern from passengers.

BIH helicopter services which cease links to the Scillies next month carry a third of all passengers Credit: ITV Westcountry

The helicopters carry around a third of passengers with the Scillonian passenger ferry from Penzance and aeroplanes from St Just Airport, near Landsend, also taking passengers to the Isles.

The latest investment will prolong the life of the Scillonian passenger ferry and make way for more flights from three airports in the South West.