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All’s well for airport opening says Castle as silence on test flights stirs doubts in UK media

The target opening date for St Helena’s airport remains 21 May 2016, despite “challenges” meeting safety demands, officials in The Castle have insisted. St Helena Government also said there was “nothing new” in a comment about problems with the island’s terrain, quoted in UK media reports. The UK’s Independent newspaper quoted project director Janet Lawrence …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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