Bookings for First Commercial Air Service to St Helena Now Being Taken
Bookings are now being taken for the first scheduled commercial air service to the remote southern Atlantic island of St Helena.
The airport, which has come in for much criticism due to its £285 million price tag and the subsequent delay in services, has in fact been operational for the past year, receiving chartered aircraft and medevac services. The delay in scheduled flights to the island arose after a single test flight by a British Airways 737-800 in 2016 which was affected by wind shear outside of its operating parameters.
As previousy reported, South African company Airlink made their own test flights using the Embraer E190-100IGW, a smaller aircraft much more able to deal with the windshear, and after a successful series of test flights in August 2017, the route was opened with flights commencing on Saturday, 14 October 2017.
Bookings are available as of 22 September, with a weekly service operating from Johannesburg to St Helena via Windhoek International Airport in Namibia. Airlink has also scheduled a service from Cape Town to coincide with the Johannesburg's flight's arrival in Windhoek on both the outward and return leg of the journey.
Airlink also advise that while computerised reservation systems catch up with the new service, tickets may not distinguish between fares and taxes, and instead see a single, overall cost. Those requiring the additional details can contact Airlink for further information..
The first inaugural flight on Saturday, 14 October will overnight on St Helena before returning to Johannesburg on Sunday, 15 October. From the 21 October, weekly flights will operate according to the timetable below. A service to include Ascension island will commence on 18 November.
Johannesburg (JNB) - Windhoek (WDH) - St Helena (HLE)
CAPE TOWN (CPT) - WINDHOEK (WDH) - ST HELENA (HLE)
A total of 76 seats are available, 6 business class and 70 economy seats. Flights start at £804 for a return economy ticket from Johannesburg and £1,544 business class. The return journey from Cape Town is £846 rising to £1,586.
More information on the service, schedule, pricing range is available in a Frequently Asked Questions document (pdf) on the St Helena Government's website. For more information on St Helena Island, more about their magnificent whale sharks, and what you can find when you get there, take a look at our guide to diving in one of the world's most isolated locations...