Touchdown! Flights to St Helena begin

Posted in News on October 15th, 2017 by One Greenstone

AirlinkSaturday 14th October marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter in St Helena’s history when the first ever commercial flight touched down at St Helena Airport.

Using their Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft, Airlink brought in this inaugural flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.  Airlink will now operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town (with a stopover at Windhoek International Airport).

72 passengers comprising returning Saints and invited guests – Tour Operators from Eastcape Tours, Get Africa Travel, Springbok Atlas and Island Holidays, International media – BBC, ITV, The Times, Thomson Reuters, Associated Press and other publications – were greeted by HE Governor Lisa Phillips on arrival and then by a full St Helenian welcome.

Speaking about Saturday’s flight, HE Governor Lisa Phillips, said:

“For St Helena, today is the start of a bright new future. We are determined to make sure that air services work to benefit all St Helenians and bring about a higher standard of living for those on the Island. We are open for business and investment and we know tourists will marvel at the beauty of the Island. We are happy to welcome our visitors to the ‘secret of the South Atlantic’.”

Sales and Marketing Manager of Airlink, Karin Murray, added:

“This is a momentous historic occasion for St Helena, its citizens and its stakeholders. On behalf of all of us at Airlink, the staff, the Board of Directors and the Shareholders of Airlink, I hereby express our absolute joy and pride at having accomplished this inaugural flight and for having established this scheduled public air transportation air bridge for St Helena. This is indeed a privilege for Airlink and we congratulate St Helena on achieving this auspicious milestone which has been many years in the making.”

A reception at Plantation House was hosted by Governor Lisa Phillips for all passengers onboard the inaugural flight and for key people involved in the arrangements leading up to the big day.

The commencement of a commercial air service is St Helena’s link to the rest of the world and will transform the Island’s tourism industry.

The weekly air service on a Saturday will make it cheaper, quicker and easier to travel to and from St Helena, and will help ensure the Island’s long term prosperity.

Airlink will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island. This service will commence on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

-Ends-

Comments are closed.

Connect & Share

Latest News & Events

Touchdown! Flights to St Helena begin

Saturday 14th October marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter in St Helena’s history when the first ever commercial flight touched down at St Helena Airport.

October 15th, 2017 | Continue Reading

Philippine Tourism Sales Mission Auckland

Calling all travel agents in NZ!

July 7th, 2017 | Continue Reading

Travel Trends for 2017

It’s that time of year when travel publications and travel agents predict what destinations and experiences they think will be hot for the following year. There will always be those holidaymakers looking for sun, sea and sand who are happy to lounge at the beach or poolside with a cocktail in hand, but the growing […]

December 6th, 2016 | Continue Reading

Copyright © 2012 | One Greenstone