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Saint Helena proving flight paves the way for scheduled services

24 August 2017
Following remedial work to address wind shear issues at Saint Helena Airport, the first charter flight (pictured) landed on 3 May. Scheduled services are set to follow after Airlink completed a series of flight trials in August. Source: St Helena Government

Managers at Saint Helena Airport appear close to overcoming wind shear problems that prevented the launch of commercial operations.

In May, Airlink operated the first charter flight to land at Saint Helena (a BAE 146 Avro RJ85 chartered by Air Partner); and on 21 August, South Africa-based airline SA Airlink completed a series of 13 flight trials at Saint Helena, with a successful test flight involving an Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW. This proving flight was arranged for the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to demonstrate that the new airport meets Extended Range Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) requirements.

The airport in the British Overseas Territory handled its first calibration flight in September 2015, and scheduled airline services were expected to begin with a weekly return flight from Johannesburg by South Africa-based Comair, the officially appointed air service provider.

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