12 JUNE 2017
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Commercial air service to and from the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena has moved another step closer with the selection by the island government (SHG) of SA Airlink (BTN 20 February) as preferred bidder for the provision of flights.
The privately-owned carrier is registered in South Africa and a franchisee to South African Airways. It is a member of IATA and as such is IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) accredited.
St Helena officials said last week: “SA Airlink is a well-established airline operating on a scheduled network with domestic and regional passenger and cargo services.”
A statement said SHG would now begin contractual negotiations with SA Airlink and it was anticipated a formal announcement would be made shortly on completion of negotiations and contract signing.
“At this point, SHG will be able to confirm details such as the commencement date, frequency, aircraft type, the international hub and connecting airports,” the government statement continued.
“Details on the cost of fares and sales distribution will be released shortly after contract signing and the public are asked to be patient during this period of negotiation after which all of the details outlined above will be publicised.” (See also BTN 12 December 2016).
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