One of the biggest landowners on Isles of Scilly has told ITV News West Country that the islands economy is continuing to suffer because of the lack of a direct helicopter service with the mainland.
A helicopter service to the islands had operated for 48 years until it was ended in October 2012.
Robert Dorian-Smith is now putting up £2 million pounds of his own money to bring back the service to St Mary's and Tresco.
He says a reliable transport service is vital for any economy to function, and that public support for the plans have been extraordinary.
It's hoped the £2 million private investment will boost the tourism industries of both West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with the project set to be completed in early 2018.
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