2 MAY 2016
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Concerns over windshear raised by the first Comair B737-800 flight into the new St Helena Airport have forced a postponement of the planned royal opening next month.
The £250m facility was due to be opened on 21 May, St Helena Day, by Prince Edward, who was expected to fly in on Comair’s first scheduled commercial flight between Johannesburg and the island.
However, after last week’s Comair test flight, the St Helena government issued a statement saying: “As a result of the data gathered and the conditions experienced, it has been decided that there is some additional work to be done in order to ensure the safe operation of scheduled passenger flights.
“The official opening of St Helena Airport will now take place at a later date which has yet to be determined.”
When the airport does open, the Comair service from Johannesburg will be one of two main air links to the outside world.
The other will be operated by Atlantic Star, which is planning a service between St Helena and Luton, also by B737-800, with a refuelling stop in the Gambia. www.comair.co.za www.atlanticstarairlines.com www.sainthelena.gov.sh
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