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8:01am 9th June 2013

The company that used to run the Isles of Scilly helicopter out of Penzance is sold.

Patriot Aerospace has taken over British International.

Bosses say it could mean more jobs for its base at Newquay Airport and it will safeguard fifty.

Paul Southall is Finance Director at Patriot: "I think in terms of the location of the heliport, the facility we have acquired is excellent at Newquay. The staff down there are very highly trained and we will be doing our utmost to develop that."

But he admits they probably will not revive the old link to the islands: "We didn't acquire a business that had any passenger services involved so it's not something that I have looked at immediately. My absolute first priority is to make sure that we continue to deliver the quality of service to the MoD and then to look at the opportunities for growing the business."

8:01am 9th June 2013

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