19 DECEMBER 2016
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Last week’s UK Public Accounts Committee report on St Helena’s new airport, labelling the £285m project a “fiasco” that “unquestionably failed” taxpayers has been attacked by would be island-based carrier Atlantic Star Airlines.
Atlantic Star boss Captain Richard Brown said: “We have noted with interest the comments made by the Public Accounts Committee and the challenge of identifying a sustainable and practical commercial air service to St Helena airport.
“Atlantic Star was set up more than 10 years ago with just this objective in mind. We are both willing and able to carry out safe commercial passenger flights to St Helena, with immediate effect, even taking into account the wind shear experienced on the southerly facing runway.”
Brown noted that the Atlantic Star team on 22 October successfully landed a jet at both ends of the runway at St Helena (BTN 31 October) and had provided costed recommendations for solutions to air access for the island.
“As the Public Accounts Committee and DfID [Department for International Development] have both made clear, mistakes have been made during the development of the project,” Brown said.
“However, the urgent priority now for St Helena residents and for British taxpayers must be to put in place the critical links between St Helena and the wider world and we stand ready to play a role.”
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Peter Rawlinson, Maidstone, Kent
If Arlantic Star is looking for any volunteers from the general public to join any test or proving flights, then I\'m ready too! I'd be more than happy to help prove that this airport is perfectly safe and no such fiasco.