8 OCTOBER 2018
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Following the end of South African conglomerate Basil Read Ltd's contract, the government of St Helena (SHG) has created an island-owned operation, St Helena Airport Ltd (SHAL), to operate the facility with Gwyneth Howell as chief executive officer.
In the statement, the government of the British Overseas Territory said that all licences, approvals and insurance requirements have been met.
Next week (14 October) sees the first anniversary of scheduled flights into the island, a weekly (Saturday) service flown by Airlink from Johannesburg via Windhoek with an Embraer E190.
At the same time, SHG confirmed that additional flights to the remote mid-South Atlantic island, and Napoleon’s last domicile, will take place between December 2018 and April 2019, with 19 services being scheduled midweek during this peak period. 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.
Airlink says some flights around the year-end are already nearly fully booked. “These additional flights will mean St Helena can now cater for the anticipated demand to travel to the island while benefitting Saints, visiting friends and relatives who traditionally return to St Helena for Christmas" the airline added. "Passengers now have the option of three-, four-, seven- or ten-night stays on St Helena.”
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Ray Crowie, Ireland
Congratulations on the 1st Anniversary 14th October to all on St Helena lsland And to all involved running the operations it's been a struggle but all has been a learning experience What Airport don't have issues,will follow in anticipation to the expansion to passenger numbers Good luck!