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A trial of unmanned aircraft transporting freight to the Isles of Scilly is set begin later this year.

It is hoped a test flight from Land’s End airport will happen before the end of 2020, subject to approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Currently most freight is delivered to the islands by ship, with some being taken alongside passengers on planes.

The aircraft will initially be used for items including medical supplies like Covid tests and specialist boat parts.

If successful, larger unmanned aircraft could be used to take regular cargo and potentially luggage to the islands in the future.

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