On 3 November 2011, a contract was signed for construction of St Helena’s first airport, in the hope of ending five centuries of extreme isolation and long dependence on overseas aid. But efforts to allow planes to land on the island began 70 years earlier.
1940s: a first attempt
1973-1990: sea voyages in doubt
1991-1997: St Helena Airways – a second attempt
2001-2003: Shelco – a third attempt
2003-2005: false hope
2007-2008: a winning bid, then the Pause
2009: St Helena fights back, and the Tories fly in
2010-2011: the project revives – and Basil Read comes through
Sharon Wainwright (1960-2011) – a tragic loss
2011: after 68 years, momentous news
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