Just about every country and territory covered the historic landing in its media over the weekend.
Here is just a snippet of how the international press covered the story
The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic has touched down safely.
The virgin flight, an SA Airlink service from South Africa, ends the island’s long-standing reliance on a ship which sailed every three weeks.
It is hoped that the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient.
JAMESTOWN, St. Helena- One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight.
As the inaugural plane from Johannesburg touched down on the forbidding volcanic outcrop in the middle of the south Atlantic, the travel and history buffs on board clapped and cheered.
“I’ve never felt so emotional in all my life,” said Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator who has been bringing tourists to the island, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) west of the African nation of Angola, for the last 12 years.
She had flown in specially from Scotland to be on the plane, and dabbed away tears as it touched down on the spectacular cliff-side runway. “I never thought I’d see this day,” she said.
The 4,500 people living on St. Helena, a British colony since 1658 – most famous as the windswept outpost where French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte breathed his last – might also be forgiven for thinking the day would never come.
There has been talk of building an airport on St. Helena since the 1930s. The best site – one of the few flat spaces on the notoriously craggy island – was ruled out because of a nearby breeding ground for the wirebird, an endangered species of plover.
An airport at the new site, on top of a valley filled in with 8 million cubic metres of rock, suffered numerous setbacks and delays as costs ballooned to 285 million pounds, to the horror of the British government.
Governor Lisa Phillips dismissed the critics and said that even before it accepted its first commercial flight, the airport had proved its worth in the last 18 months by enabling several life-saving emergency medical evacuations, including a newborn child.
“I’ve seen the headlines about the world’s most useless airport, but for St. Helenans this has already been the most useful airport,” she told reporters after greeting them on the tarmac. “It’s priceless.”
Belt up for the nerve-shredding first flight to St Helena airport- http://www.newssummedup.com/a/ndzfb9
St Helena appeared suddenly through the clouds — jagged, gloomy, as forbidding as Napoleon first saw it 202 years ago. Within seconds the Barn, one of the most fearsome sea cliffs, appeared metres away. Suddenly I saw the cliff edge and the white runway markings. Seconds later, at 13.57, the wheels touched down serenely on the smooth new runway — a textbook landing. Applause broke out among those on board the historic first scheduled flight to the…
Commercial flights finally take off at St Helena airport- http://www.cityam.com/273875/commercial-flights-finally-take-off-st-helena-airport
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WATCH: First commercial flight lands in St. Helena, a South Atlantic island previously only accessible by boat: http://abcn.ws/2yqolrD
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