St Helena Airport begins to receive weekly flights

The airport on St Helena has begun to receive weekly flights from South Africa. There are hopes that this development will increase tourism on the island, and boost its economy. Before the airport was built St Helena was only accessible via a boat journey from Africa which covered thousands of miles and took weeks to […]

‘World’s most spectacular airport’ makes global news. Mostly good

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The Daily Mirror headline read: ‘World’s most useless airport’ finally gets its first commercial flight – and it’s LATE. Well, it was an irresistable line. The paper’s report of St Helena’s first commercial flight included a nice quote from tour operator Libby Weir-Breen, who had flown specially from Scotland. “I’ve never felt so emotional in all […]

Prince to open St Helena Airport

Prince Edward, the Queen’s third son, is to perform the official opening ceremony for St Helena Airport – as long as safety inspectors have given clearance for it to become operational. From St Helena Government: The historic opening of St Helena Airport is planned for the morning of Saturday 21 May 2016 – St Helena’s […]

Welcome to St Helena Airport…

St Helena’s airport will officially be known as… St Helena Airport. So says the 51st Airport Update, reporting the decision by executive councillors. “The name is strongly supported by the aviation industry and has instant recognition for passengers,” it says. The newsletter also reports on open days at the end of September, at which about […]

Planes on the plain: runway due to appear in 2014

St Helena’s first airport is set to take shape on Prosperous Bay Plain in 2014, with the completion of major parts of the project. Tasks set to be completed are: The filling-in of Dry Gut, the deep valley that must be crossed by the runway. Runway excavations Construction of the main terminal buildings Paving of […]

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 […]

Two years into airport contract, the Gut is filling nicely

Anywhere else in the world, to speak of filling a gut would be considered less than polite. Not on St Helena. It’ll be an international cause for celebration when the eight millionth tonne of rock is tipped into the last dimple of Dry Gut, ready to carry the island’s first airport runway across what was […]

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 […]

Intrepid South Africans playing key role in St Helena airport adventure

The first plane to officially land at St Helena’s new airport – the first airport in the island’s more than 500 years of human habitation – is scheduled to do so in February 2016. Building an Airport by Ship Jimmy Johnston says the biggest challenge in building St Helena Airport has been creating and maintaining […]