19 FEBRUARY 2018
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The 5 February issue of Business Travel News announced the possibility of a direct flight from the UK to the South Atlantic island of St Helena over the year-end holiday period.
The results of a survey by embryonic airline Atlantic Star showed that while there was a good level of interest in the flights for the UK to St Helena return route, there is a much lower level of interest for the St Helena to UK return route.
In a statement the airline said: “This differential in demand makes it difficult for Atlantic Star to deliver a commercially viable charter programme in 2018 as the northbound originating flight would be nearly empty, which would result in a substantial increase in the price of the southbound tickets.
"It is with a very heavy heart that we have therefore decided that Atlantic Star will not be launching a Christmas charter flight programme for 2018.”
The weekly Airlink service from Johannesburg and Cape Town via Windhoek continues with good loads and it may be for the future that the Embraer flights might gain traffic rights at the Namibia capital with its good connections to Amsterdam, Doha and Addis Ababa.
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Theodore Scull, United States
I understand that the Cape Town to Windhoek Airlink flight does not allow passengers to transfer to the weekly Jo'burg - St. Helena flight at Windhoek. The dispute is ongoing.