As has been previously advised there are ongoing aero-political issues affecting the provision of an air service originating in Cape Town and transiting through Windhoek. Airlink has therefore recommended to St Helena Government (SHG) that all flights to St Helena should be booked from Johannesburg until the aero-political issues are resolved. This recommendation will be implemented immediately. SHG anticipates this will be a temporary arrangement pending the resolution of the current issues.
The flight will be from Johannesburg to St Helena with a technical stop at Windhoek. Passengers will not be able to disembark, or board, the flight at Windhoek. The return from St Helena to Johannesburg will normally route direct but may require a technical stop on some occasions.
This means that tickets can only be purchased to fly from Johannesburg. Customers who already have tickets or confirmed reservations travelling between Cape Town and St Helena will continue to route via Johannesburg. Airlink will continue to advise affected customers of arrangements prior to their departure travel date.
Arrangements for medevacs/medical referrals will be unaffected.
Passengers arriving or departing Johannesburg requiring extra time to board, who cannot walk long distances, or are in need of assistance can make suitable arrangements through Airlink on tel:+27114517350. OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg is a very large sprawling airport and help can be arranged to assist passengers transiting the airport. The same arrangements can be made for St Helena Airport if required.
A solution to the continuing aero-political issue continues to be sought.
Further updates will be made by SHG and Airlink in due course.