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CHARTER PLANE TO BRING HOME ST HELENA PASSENGERS

Press Release   •   May 02, 2017 10:41 GMT

UPDATE

St Helena Government has signed a contract with Air Partner, a commercial organisation that sources charter flights around the world, to charter a plane to transport affected passengers from Cape Town to St Helena. The flight will also enable those passengers who were impacted by the cancellation of Voyages 255 and 256 of the RMS, as well as passengers on V257 who have been affected by issues with the Airbridge to Ascension, to travel from St Helena to Cape Town.

Air Partner has entered into an agreement with SA Airlink to carry out the flight which is due to arrive mid-week. Some details still need to be finalised before an arrival time can be confirmed but we are currently looking at an arrival on Wednesday, 3 May 2017.

Further details will be released tomorrow, Tuesday 2 May.

A Q&A document is attached to this press release and is also available on the Publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

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1 May 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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