St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to announce the commencement of the process to procure an air service provider or providers to the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
SHG is seeking to award a contract or contracts to a suitably qualified organisation or organisations to provide regular air services to the Island, including a direct service between St Helena and Ascension Island to meet the needs of Saints and their employers on Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.
The requirement is for a minimum of a weekly flight, operating throughout the year, to a recognised international hub airport or to an airport with direct connections to the UK or South Africa. There are a number of potential solutions for regular scheduled air services to and from St Helena.
Whilst all dates are provisional and dependent on the outcome of the procurement exercise, SHG aims to award a final contract by the end of May 2017.
The closing date for tenders is 12.00hrs GMT on Friday 27 January 2017.
In order to continue to provide security of access to St Helena, SHG is also pleased to announce the extension of the RMS St Helena service beyond 1 July 2017. Henceforth, the future schedule for the RMS will be published to operate for 12 months ahead, at any point in time. The new RMS schedule can be viewed at: http://rms-st-helena.com/schedules-fares/
Once scheduled commercial air services are fully established, the RMS will no longer be necessary and this service will terminate.