Category Archives: Airport

Go now: Rough Guides advice on travel to St Helena

Rough Guides, one of the world’s leading travel writing brands, has published an online piece selling the charms of St Helena – under the direct headline, ‘St Helena: Go Now’. The piece goes over the usual ground trodden by travel … Continue reading

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‘It’s surreal’ – pilot’s comment as he prepares to fly the first plane ever to land on St Helena

Four hours to go before he was due to begin a journey into St Helena’s history books, and Stuart Rawlinson was sitting in his garden in the UK, getting some rest. He would need it. He’d landed the job of … Continue reading

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Runway cleared for historic first flight to St Helena

The first aircraft ever to fly to St Helena is expected to land on the island within days. St Helena Government has announced that the first test flight is expected to take place between Sunday 13 and Thursday 17 September. … Continue reading

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IN PICTURES: The big switch-on at St Helena’s airport

They travelled across St Helena, in poor weather, to witness the first switching-on of the many runway lights at the island’s first airport: another landmark in the progress towards its scheduled completion in February 2016. BRUCE SALT was there and has … Continue reading

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Flights: chief sec admits doubts over medical care and crime

St Helena’s chief secretary has admitted to concerns about notorious crime at the airport that is to be the island’s link with the rest of the world – and about the future of medical referrals to Cape Town. But Roy … Continue reading

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‘Shameful’: workers left adrift by lack of Ascension flights

Saints working on Ascension could face a 15,000-mile trip to get home – just 700 miles away – if the fears of one St Helena councillor are realised. The Hon Derek Thomas spoke in response to news that the newly announced … Continue reading

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Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must … Continue reading

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I had my bag pilfered at Johannesburg, says Lawson

Saints will be flying in and out of an airport with a high crime rate and a reputation for losing baggage, the Hon Lawson Henry told fellow legislative councillors. He spoke from experience. He said: “Many Saints, including myself, have … Continue reading

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More tea plants, anyone? ‘Lost’ endemics found near airport site

A forgotten strand of St Helena’s unique tea plant has been rediscovered below Longwood, it has been reported. The bushes found in Fisher’s Valley are much larger than any other known specimens on the island, some reaching 1.5 metres in height. It … Continue reading

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Saturday flights in BA livery confirmed for St Helena

Weekly flights between St Helena and Johannesburg will operate every Saturday, the island’s government has confirmed. Comair Ltd has signed a contract to operate the service with a dedicated Boeing 737-800 aircraft in British Airways livery. It will offer both … Continue reading

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