PPRuNe Forums - View Single Post - St. Helena Service
View Single Post
Old 1st Mar 2016, 10:55
  #82 (permalink)  
volare7266
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Germany
Posts: 53
Speculations ?

Late February Comaiir took delivery of a brand new Boeing 737-800 (ZS-ZWG) for the St.Helena route as the latest addition to its British Airways fleet The aircraft had to be fitted with electronic navigation aids for the long flight that will take place once a week. For the rest of the week it will be utilised on other Comair routes.
As reported by Moneyweb on 29 February 2016, Comair CEO Erik Venter said ticket sales for St Helena will commence as soon as the airport has been certified by the British Civil Aviation Authority. This, he said, should happen soon and the first flight will hopefully take place in May.
Venter said at first the passenger volumes to and from St Helena are expected to be low and the route will be subsidised by the British government. “We wouldn’t take all the risk on a route like that. We share the risk with the British government,” he said. Comair earlier won a tender by the British government to provide airlift into St Helena. In terms of the agreement the British government may reduce the price of flight tickets, for example to stimulate tourism.

While Comair gears up for the first St.Helena flight, on 01 March 2016 St.Helena's SaintFM radio station 'speculated' in the news that St.Helena Airport may not start operations until November.

Last edited by volare7266; 1st Mar 2016 at 12:51.
volare7266 is offline