St Helena’s airport: a boon-what? We’re boggled…

St Helena airport

It took a week for Donald Trump’s favourite news outlet to get round to reporting on the first commercial flight to St Helena. But when it did so, Fox News introduced an interesting new word for the airport project. It said it was “condemned last year by British taxpayers as a boondoggle.” Various online dictionaries define […]

Deal signed for weekly flights to St Helena

A deal has finally been signed for an air service into St Helena’s £285 million airport  – 14 months after it should have opened. No date has been set for the start of flights by South African operator SA Airlink. Flights between the island and Johannesburg will include a stop at Windhoek in Namibia to […]

Test flights ‘blackout’ puts rumour forum into tailspin

Efforts to meet the highest possible safety standards at St Helena Airport may have “come to bite” the construction team, a post on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network has suggested. “All I can assume is that the engineers planning the airport played it safe and threw in every possible navaid that might be useful,” says […]

Airport ‘non-story’ is worth many thousands, says tourism chief

Gloomy stories about St Helena are great news for the island – because they come with beautiful pictures that pull in potential visitors all round the world, writes director of tourism CHRIS PICKARD.   The UK’s Independent newspaper recently ran an article suggesting that the first flights to St Helena, and the opening of the […]

Airport road name honours Sharon’s memory

The memory of Sharon Wainwright, who led the push for air travel to St Helena, is to be honoured in the naming of a section of the airport access road. Wainwright Way was one of seven winning entries in a competition to find names for sections of the road, originally built to carry construction traffic […]

Island crews ‘ready’ for Comair-style crash on runway

Plans are in place to deal with a blocked runway at St Helena’s airport in the event of an incident like the Comair crash at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport on 26 October 2015. Click the pic to read the Comair crash story (picture: Warren Mann) St Helena Government (SHG) gave the assurance after a 737-400 tilted […]

Comair plane collapse highlights St Helena safety needs

An aircraft operated by Comair collapsed on to its side after landing at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The operator – which is due to commence flights to St Helena in early 2016 – reports that all 94 passengers and six crew were safely disembarked with no injuries after one of the plane’s […]

PICTURES: Royal Navy’s Wildcat helicopter on St Helena

One of the Royal Navy’s new Wildcat helicopters flew several sorties over St Helena during commemorations for the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s arrival on the island in 1815. On Wednesday 14 October 2015, it became the first helicopter to land at the islands airport – nearly a month after the arrival of the first aircraft ever […]

Breakthrough at last on Ascension-St Helena flights

Monthly flights between St Helena and Ascension Island have been negotiated, after months of discontent over the vital link being excluded from the original deal with winning contractor Comair. Each month, of the the airline’s Saturday flights from Johannesburg will land at St Helena and then continue on to Ascension for an overnight stop, before […]