Firm wins contract to help pilots land in a St Helena mist

A European company is to supply a safe landing system for St Helena’s airport, reports an industry website. Thales will provide the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) to provide pilots with reliable and accurate landing information in reduced visibility conditions, says It will also supply a Doppler VHF Omni-directional Radio Range system (DVOR) to provide bearing information […]

Paul’s plea for a home reveals eight families at risk

Up to eight families on St Helena are known to be on the brink of losing their homes, it has emerged. But the island’s new airport workers’ camp could provide a way out of a looming crisis. St Helena Goverment says it intends to create new homes with the equipment used to build the camp by contractor Basil Read. […]

More human bones could be found in island’s slave valley

Further human remains could yet be disturbed as work continues on St Helena’s airport project, a source has cautioned. It’s been confirmed that “a number of human bones” were found on Friday 14 September 2012, on ground being used by construction firm Basil Read as a laydown area for equipment and materials. More than 300 […]

Now the sea is a no-go zone, as cliffs pose blast hazard

An exclusion zone has been imposed off the coast of St Helena because of fears about the stability of cliffs near the island’s airport site.  It was agreed after a survey said rock falls could be caused by explosions planned by construction company Basil Read. The no-go zone extends 500 metres out to sea from Gill Point to Bay […]

Airport vehicle plunges St Helena into darkness (statement added)

Power across most of St Helena was knocked out after an airport construction vehicle apparently brought down a power cable while being moved to Prosperous Bay Plain on Monday evening (3 September). A bright flash on Deadwood Plain was reported to be visible across the valley at Gordon’s Post. Power supplies were down across most of the […]

St Helena’s new paymaster knows a bit about airports

The new Secretary of State for International Development – the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for aid to St Helena – comes to the job with useful background knowledge on airports. Which is handy, because Justine Greening will carry on Andrew Mitchell’s work in keeping a close eye on the building of St Helena’s own airport. Mr […]

Night working starts as rocks obstruct airport road

Airport gangs will work into the night for the next few weeks to force a way through rocks that are blocking completion of St Helena’s new haul road. Heavy construction vehicles are stranded in Rupert’s Valley, unable to get through to the airport site, until contractor Basil Read has completed the last few hundred metres of the 14-kilometre […]

Island begins push for South African tourists and investors

Saints may be losing their head start as potential investors in St Helena’s hoped-for tourism boom. Enterprise St Helena has been briefing journalists in South Africa on the potential of the island, with 43 months to go until the island’s first airport is due to open. News reports on the island’s financial prospects coincide with […]

In pictures: watch St Helena sink beneath the waves

A reader of The Guardian has warned that global warming and rising sea levels could mean “islands like St Helena will disappear.” Click the pics to see it happen (with thanks to photographer Johnny Clingham of the St Helena Community website).

St Helena ‘will disappear’ as seas rise, warns Guardian reader

Boots on, everyone: it’s approaching high tide in Half Tree Hollow. Or so one reader of The Guardian website thinks. An article praising St Helena’s airport has triggered a bewildering online debate, with one troubled contributor claiming it could make the island sink beneath the waves. The brief opinion piece on suggests that Napoleon […]