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AIRLINK TEAM ARRIVE AT ST HELENA AIRPORT

Press Release   •   Aug 22, 2017 13:27 GMT

The Airlink Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft landed successfully at St Helena Airport at around 11.34am this morning, Monday 21 August 2017.

There were 34 persons onboard, the majority from Airlink. The team includes:

  • CEO of Airlink, Rodger Foster
  • The two flight crews that will operate the St Helena route
  • Personnel from Airlink’s marketing team and ground operations team
  • Five representatives from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA CAA)
  • Representatives from tour operators, New Frontiers and African Ample Assistance
  • Representatives from Mantis

The aircraft landed on Runway 20 at St Helena Airport after a six hour journey from Johannesburg, South Africa, incorporating a fuelling stop in Windhoek, Namibia.

A two day programme has been prepared to cover training and audits at St Helena Airport as well as various discussions with key stakeholders on-Island.

As part of the training programme, Airlink will carry out a series of flight trials at St Helena Airport this afternoon and tomorrow morning, Tuesday 22 August. The trials will include ‘circuits and bumps’ where the aircraft circles the runway, comes in to land, touches the wheels to the runway, and immediately takes off again for another circuit.

The flight is expected to depart St Helena tomorrow afternoon.

Three photos are attached to this press release.

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21 August 2017

In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount - of up to - £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for ten years of operation.

The project aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.

Both the St Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for St Helena.

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