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First passengers arrive St Helena credit St Helena Government

First commercial flight touches down at St Helena

The touchdown of the inaugural commercial flight on Saturday, 14 October 2017 marked a historic day for St Helena Island. The arrival of the SA Airlink aircraft was celebrated with the flying of both the St Helena and the South African flags from the cockpit windows following the successful landing, and a water cannon arch as the plane taxied towards the apron.

Inaugural SA Airlink aircraft arrives water cannons St Helena

Passengers arriving from the flight were greeted airside by HE Governor Lisa Phillips as they descended from the plane; followed by a large crowd of cheering onlookers as they entered into the arrival lounge of the St Helena Airport.  Each passenger was also welcomed to the island by the St Helena Tourism team who presented St Helena branded gifts to mark the occasion.

Among those on board were 18 journalists and four international tour operators, all interested in the much anticipated newest flight destination across the South Atlantic.  Several journalists including the BBC team had already logged and transmitted the stories of their journey by Saturday evening.

Crowds await first flight St Helena

To ensure that all visiting journalists and international tour operators experienced as much as possible of St Helena during their overnight stay all were offered the chance to partake in a full itinerary of activities. This included land and sea based tours, site visits to local businesses and a reception at Plantation House with the Governor, who cut the specially made inaugural flight cake, depicting the connection between St Helena and South Africa with a miniature 3D replica of an Airlink plane.

This exciting weekend now marks the beginning of regular air services to St Helena, with a flight arriving from Johannesburg weekly on Saturdays.

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Feature photo courtesy of St Helena Government.




5 Responses

  • Marc Pichard

    So excited about this momentous event in St Helena’s history. I may be living thousands of miles away, but I am interested in St Helena and I most certainly hope to be able to visit your beautiful island some day. Congratulations on this achievement. Best regards from Canada.

  • stan siblry

    to really exjoy the island of St Helena you need to take a voyage as a passenger on the RMS St Helena

  • Kane

    Great news for the island, but not forgetting you can still take the RMS, hopefully there will be a boost to the island economy and a greater chance for others to visit such a remarkable island with remarkable islanders. Kane, England

  • Ven

    Great news for the islanders. Hope to visit the island sometime in the future. Heard of the island thru history books and Napolean.

  • Yacon Root

    I enjoy reading your blog. It was unbelievably remarkable. 🙂


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