GETTYSt Helena airport is finally set to get a scheduled flight
The £258 million airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense to serve the remote south Atlantic community.
Shortly after the airport’s planned royal opening in 2016, a test flight revealed severe wind shear.
The scheduled flights were abandoned, and the planned retirement of the RMS St Helena was postponed so the island’s sea link would continue.
This came after plans were announced for a regular scheduled service in British Airways colours from Johannesburg, carrying approximately 170 passengers.Related articles
A South African carrier, Airlink, will fly from Johannesburg via Windhoek in Namibia to St Helena each Saturday, the island’s government has now announced
The UK Government will subsidise the operation up to the tune of £1.9m in the first year of operation, representing over £36,000 per return flight – or nearly £500 per available seat.
However, neither the start date nor how much flights will cost has been revealed.
Due to safety limitations, a maximum of 76 of the 99 seats