Is it a birdie? No, it’s another test flight…

On Twitter, Niall O’Keeffe joked that golfers on St Helena now had a new excuse for a badly-played shot: being distracted by the noise of an aeroplane. The crew of the first aircraft ever to land on the island went on to stage another dozen or so flights over ten days in September 2015, to […]

VIDEO: First aircraft lands on St Helena – the view from the cockpit

Click the picture above to watch the first-ever aircraft landing on St Helena, as the pilots saw it. St Helena Government has released cockpit footage shot by the crew of the Beechcraft King Air 200 that touched down at the island’s first airport on 15 September 2015. Clicking on any of the images here will […]

IN PICTURES: Crowds turn out to see first plane fly in to St Helena

Bruce Salt, Giselle Richards and Andrea Louise Benjamin have kindly agreed to share some of their pictures of the arrival of the first aircraft ever to fly to St Helena. St Helena Government has also shared some images. Bruce was covering the event professionally for the St Helena Independent and had a close-up view. Giselle and […]

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 kindly sent the pictures below. He writes:  “The event was announced on Saint FM and the […]

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 business class and economy seating on the five-hour flight. Construction of the island’s first airport […]

South African firm is first choice as St Helena airline

A South African airline operator has been named the favourite to provide an air service for St Helena when its first airport opens early in 2016. But Comair, which also operates budget flights as kulula.com, will only offer flights to Johannesburg in South Africa – despite strong calls for a direct service to Europe. Potential […]

Creativity takes flight as airport hits half-way mark

  Driving a digger back and forth, filling an entire valley with rubble to carry the runway for St Helena’s airport, may not seem the most artistic of jobs. But you can’t keep the St Helenian creative spirit down, it seems. Two open days at the airport site have been held on successive weekends in […]

Ascension shuttle is ‘do-able’, says would-be airline chief

Flights to Ascension would be economically “do-able” when St Helena’s airport opens, according to the chief executive of the proposed Atlantic Star airline.   Captain Richard Brown said his team was keen to provide a service for Saints working on the island – but it could not be frequent. He and a team of fellow […]

No flights from London? Woah, I’m going to Barbados…

St Helena will lose out to luxury destinations such as The Maldives and Barbados if it does not have direct flights from Europe, one of the men behind a potential airline for the island has warned. The team setting up Atlantic Star Airlines wants to fly from London to St Helena and on to Cape […]

Airline dream that began with a map on the kitchen floor

Three pilots are setting up an airline to bid for the contract to fly to St Helena when its first airport opens in 2016. St Helena Online went to meet the man who dreamed up the project.  Captain Richard Brown first heard about St Helena as a child, when he saw an item on the […]