St Helena Airport Timeline
The independent St Helena Airways made a presentation to the UK’s Overseas Development Agency – fore-runner of the Department For International Development – on its proposed airfield site.
David Parsons declared that St Helena Airways’ airfield could be built “inside nine months” for £1.5 million. A longer runway might add another £1 million. A return airfare to the UK would be £1,450.
3 May: the election of a new Labour government in the UK creates hopes on St Helena that an airport would be back on the political agenda. But the new International Development Secretary, Clare Short, showed little interest in the UK’s overseas territories, according to Ian Mathieson, recalling events in the St Helena Connection.
He added: “Under circumstances that are not entirely clear, St Helena Airways was wound up around the turn of the century and their interest in the airport was transferred to the St Helena Leisure Corporation (Shelco).”