St Helena Headline NEWS 5 September 2017

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Lets discuss flight tickets and travel to St Helena… SAINT FM TO HOST LIVE SHOW ON AIR ACCESS AND FLIGHT TICKETS TOMORROW AT 11.30 GMT (12.30 UK, 13.30 SA TIME)

A special radio show will take place at Saint FM on Wednesday 6th September at 11.30 with Councillor Lawson Henry and SHG officials Dax Richards and Janet Lawrence on all matters relating to the airport, ticket prices and travel in general.

If you have any burning questions or concerns then please send them to Saint FM by noon on Tuesday the 5th September, questions can be accepted via email fm@helanta.co.sh or studio@helanta.co.sh or by calling 22660, you can also post questions via Facebook under this post.

How to tune in- Couldn’t be simpler- go to http://www.saint.fm/ and then click LISTEN

COUNCILLOR LAWSON HENRY ON ST HELENA AIRPORT AND FLIGHTS

Councillor Lawson Henry-‘Dear fellow Saints, I have been reading some of your comments about our Airport and though I would just write this short note as one of your Councillors back on St Helena just to give you some facts. I am really not sure what level you were expecting the fares but having just recently pointed out on this media how the fares are made up I am sure you will agree they have to reflect the cost of operating the service and in our case in one of the remotest parts of the world. You cannot compare the costs of the fares with other destinations unless they face the problems in having to import just about everything we need thousands of miles away from any mainland. The most expense with regards to our Airport is the fuel because of the cost to ship it here we have to charge SA Airlink over £1 per litre it is less than a rand in RSA. So please if you want to compare then do so with like for like. It has been a very difficult time for us all who live here, it was not easy for us as your Councillors to have to make this difficult decision on air fares but we have been told that DFID will not subsidize the seats (and why should they) instead they will make up any shortfall on an annual basis of the 3 year contract with SA Link. SHG do not have the means to subsidize the fares this is why they are at the level they are. Can we please take this into account in going forward no-one more than us who live here wanted lower fares the reality is it cannot happen not at this stage anyway? Built into the contract is 6 monthly reviews which will look at demand SA Link is also committed to putting on more flights if the demand is there. I would expect SHG to be constantly looking at cost of fares if the demand is there maybe there will be a case to lower the fares but we need the evidence first. If Saints have to get the best deal from the huge investment that the British Tax payers made into the airport, please let us all work together to get the most of what we have. We have got to make this work for the good of all saints and island as this is perhaps the only opportunity we will ever have to grow our economy and leave a future for our younger saints. Let us all embrace what we have and work together. Officers from SHG Access office our Financial Secretary and myself will be on FM radio on Wednesday 6th Sept at 11.30am GMT to talk about the fares and the service we will provide, if you have any questions then contact Saint FM and we would be happy to answer them.’

FIRST YEAR OF AIRPORT OPERATIONS

BOOKLET PUBLISHED ON SHG WEBSITE

A booklet entitled ‘The First Year of Airport Operations’ has been published on the Airport Publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/airport-publications/

The booklet which covers the period 10 May 2016 – 9 May 2017 includes:

  • Photos of St Helena Airport
  • Statistics on flight numbers and aircraft types that have landed at the Airport
  • Personal reflections from staff
  • Facts and figures of a variety of subjects
  • An introduction to Airport staff, and
  • Photos of various Open Days held at the Airport

LAUNCH OF TICKET SALES FOR ST HELENA AIR SERVICE

St Helena Government and Airlink are pleased to announce that the sale of tickets for flights to St Helena Island will commence early in September 2017.

Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town (via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia). 

Tickets will be available online via the Airlink website at https://flyairlink.com/ and through all normal IATA global distribution systems.  Passengers are advised to contact their IATA travel agent.

For those passengers that are resident on St Helena, ticket bookings can be made via Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency at the Malabar in Jamestown.  Passengers can visit the Shipping & Travel Agency in person or can contact shipping.manager@solomons.co.sh or telephone 22523.

Ticket prices start at £804 (including taxes) for an economy return fare on the Johannesburg route and £846 (including taxes) on the Cape Town route. The basic fares for the Johannesburg and Cape Town routes are identical but there is a difference in the overall costs due to differing airport taxes.

The below tables highlight the range of return fares from St Helena to South Africa including taxes.  Fares are subject to change and are subject to availability.

St Helena to Johannesburg (return)

Class

Lower

Upper

Business

£1,544

Economy

£804

£1,244

 

St Helena to Cape Town (return)

Class

Lower

Upper

Business

£1,586

Economy

£846

£1,286

Airlink is currently pursuing Fifth Freedom Rights on the leg between Windhoek and St Helena, this would allow passengers from other carriers to join or disembark the St Helena service at Windhoek. If granted Fifth Freedom Rights this would mean Airlink could sell tickets for the St Helena and Windhoek legs of the journey.

Airlink will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island.  The flight will commence on the third weekend in November 2017.  Thereafter the flight will take place on the second weekend of every month.

Further information is available in the accompanying Q&A document.

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