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First commercial Flights to remote British island commence

After further trials this summer the weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena was passed as safe.

First commercial Flights to remote British island commence

After further trials this summer the weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena was passed as safe.

14 October 2017 Saturday 11:40
First commercial Flights to remote British island commence

The first scheduled commercial airline flight to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic is to land shortly.

A plane from South Africa is expected to touch down in the new airport, ending the island's reliance on a ship once every three weeks.

It is hoped the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient.

But British media have dubbed it "the most useless airport in the world".

Built with £285m ($380m) of funding from the UK Department for International Development (Dfid), it should have opened last year but dangerous wind conditions delayed the launch.

After further trials this summer the weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena was passed as safe.

St Helena: A remote, vital staging post

Airport opening delayed due to high winds

Up until now, the British territory has been one of the world's most inaccessible locations, only served by the ship from South Africa.

It is chiefly known as the island where French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled and died after his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

BBC

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