31 JULY 2017
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A widely-forecast agreement for Johannesburg-based carrier SA Airlink to provide scheduled air services to St Helena in the South Atlantic was signed by the company and the St Helena government (SHG) last week. A start date has yet to be announced.
Airlink, which will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island, is now finalising regulatory approvals, which will include a proving flight to St Helena, with the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
An SHG statement said: “Following the necessary approvals and proving flight, SHG will be able to announce the commencement date for a service between St Helena Airport and O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
“It is expected that the monthly service between St Helena and Ascension Island will start soon after and operate on the second Saturday of each month.”
The Johannesburg – St Helena service will involve an outbound and inbound refuelling stop at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia, with a connection at Windhoek on both legs to and from Cape Town.
The initial weekly service on a Saturday will be operated by an Embraer E190-100 with Business and Economy Class, with a Johannesburg – St Helena flight time of about 6hr 15min including a 30min stop in Windhoek.
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