British International Helicopters to close Isles of Scilly route

BIH HeliportBritish International
Helicopters (BIH) has confirmed it is to close its domestic helicopter
passenger route between Penzance and the Isles
of Scilly from November 2012.

Managing director Tony
Jones, said “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.”

BIH have tried to find an
another site to operate from but had to withdraw an application at the end of
2011 to relocate to St Erth.

Sadly, financial presure on
the company has been compounded by falling passenger numbers and rising costs,
BIH had no choice but to close the route from November.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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