Take-off at last after St Helena island’s £285m airport fiasco- The Times

After an 18-month delay caused by problems of wind shear St Helena’s £285 million airport is to open for services to South Africa.

SA Airlink, a South African company, will use a Brazilian-built Embraer E190 aircraft to provide weekly services to Windhoek in Namibia and Johannesburg, with a monthly connection to Ascension Island.

The St Helena government has been deeply embarrassed by the airport saga. The project was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the contractors had to cut off the top of a mountain and fill in a ravine, making the airport Britain’s most costly investment ever in an overseas territory.

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