18 MARCH 2019
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A second weekly flight between Cape Town and the south Atlantic island of St Helena is being launched by SA Airlink for the regions summer season, with a technical stop in Walvis Bay.
The service will operate every Tuesday from 3 December this year to 11 February 2020, a total of up to 10 flights, running in parallel with the year-round weekly Saturday flight between Johannesburg and St Helena, which has a tech stop in Windhoek.
Walvis Bay is close to sea level and does not have the same height/heat conditions as Windhoek. There is no bilateral arrangements between the UK and Namibia precluding passenger access at either airport.
Officials said last week this gives flights via Walvis Bay the advantage of being able to carry a greater payload – either more passengers or cargo or a combination of the two.
A joint statement from St Helena and Airlink said the extra flights provided additional options for people wishing to travel to St Helena during a busy holiday period, particularly options for twin-destination holidays.
It was also a further opportunity to grow the air service as Airlink developed its operations from Cape Town. However, the new service was possible only for a limited time due to aircraft availability, with no decision yet on a 2020-2021 schedule.
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