21 MAY 2018
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As forecast last week (BTN 14 May), air services between South Africa and St Helena are to be increased with a further 19 flights being made available during the island’s peak summer season from December this year to April 2019.
The additional Tuesday flights will be added to the SA Airlink schedule serving St Helena for the five-month period, marking the first anniversary since the service was launched and are in addition to the Saturday scheduled service from Johannesburg.
St Helena tourism director Helena Bennett said: “These additional flights are an incredibly positive step as we approach the first anniversary of the service. Visitors will now have the option of three-, four-, seven- and ten-night stays or even longer.”
The St Helena government and Airlink said they had observed “a significant number” of advance bookings for the Christmas/summer period, adding: “This is the first step in growing the successful air access service.”
“While the expectation is that the 19 additional flights will be in place for 2019/20 and beyond, the need for further amendments to the scheduled service will be kept under regular review.”
An additional flight is also planned to Ascension Island in December 2018 and again in January 2019 to meet anticipated demand during the peak period.
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