The first commercial flight to St Helena is scheduled to arrive at 13:15 hrs local time on 14 October. The SA Airlink aircraft, from Johannesburg will touchdown the remote island for the first time carrying 68 passengers.
Since the island has only accessible by Royal mail ship, the need for airport upgrade was on the cards for along time. Finally the Airport project is completed at a cost of £285m and ready to welcome the first commercial flight.
St. Helena Island is a part of the British Overseas Territory with a population of only 4534 people as per 2016 statistics. It’s famous as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile and death, as commemorated by a now-empty tomb.
The commercial flights to St Helena is expected to improve the island’s tourism. The South African Carrier Airlink will operate weekly flights initially with its Embraer E190 airliners which could carry a maximum of 99 passengers, but for technical reasons it will accommodate only 76.