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St Helena closed except Medevacs 2/10/2018

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Old 2nd Oct 2018, 20:29
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Angry St Helena closed except Medevacs 2/10/2018

Understand St Helena Government has pulled current operating contract and consequently airport is effectively closed save for Medevacs
apparently hope is being raised for the regular flight this coming Saturday October 6th


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Oops

Amy obvious reason!?
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News « St Helena

Summary: Operator (Basil Read Ltd.) has financial problems. Ongoing contract renegotiation with St. Helena Govt. (airport owner) failed, thus contract dissolved. Without contracted operator, ASSI (branch of UK CAA) pulled aerodrome certification - for the moment.
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Old 7th Oct 2018, 23:07
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Airfield ‘operable’ But flight cancelled due Wx

Understand today’s flight cancelled due Wx

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Originally Posted by pattern_is_full View Post
News « St Helena

Summary: Operator (Basil Read Ltd.) has financial problems. Ongoing contract renegotiation with St. Helena Govt. (airport owner) failed, thus contract dissolved. Without contracted operator, ASSI (branch of UK CAA) pulled aerodrome certification - for the moment.
how complicated / expensive can one weekly rotation and the odd medevac be?
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how complicated / expensive can one weekly rotation and the odd medevac be?
Anyone who followed the construction of this airport will be aware that the terminal in size and fitout would be the envy of quite a few regional airports around the world. Whereas one might think that a few Portakabins would have sufficed, I believe it's the largest building on the island, with staffing to match.
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From what I understand this airport
has continual very significant wind
shear issues


Severe enough that they are rethinking
scheduled service
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Who selected the site and who payed for it?
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Who selected the site and who payed for it?
there is ample and comprehensive discussion of that matter in past theads. Really no need to revisit IMHO.
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My point is this seems to be no place for some regular commercial airport. Wiki suggests strategic interests (Falklands) might have played a role. How viable can regular operations and some airport business case be down there?
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Originally Posted by Kerosene Kraut View Post
My point is this seems to be no place for some regular commercial airport. Wiki suggests strategic interests (Falklands) might have played a role. How viable can regular operations and some airport business case be down there?
The idea was to promote high end tourism seen with flights from both the UK/EU, and from South Africa (such as add-ons from holidays taken in CPT) plus operate a regular scheduled/mail/freight flight from RSA to replace the RMS mail ship which needed replacing sooner or later.

A start up airline Atlantic Star Airways was setting up a series of scheduled services from LGW using an AMS based TUI 737-800 with a reduced payload and some premium seating with a tech stop at Banjul planned. Marketing and ticket sales were commenced.

BA/comair ordered a new 737-800 with scimitars to operate planned services twice a week from both CPT and JNB and flew the first big jet test flights into St helena.
These flights as we know saw Comair find the 738 was now unsuitable for the weather/wind conditions found at the new airport against their own SOP's with it's runway as built.

Seems the saga is continuing....I have not heard that the Falklands or even Ascension have played any part in the airports opening problems.
except that wideawake cannot be used for commercial flight alternates
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Bugger.....there goes my dream of spending all day laying on the beach at English Bay flying a nice little turboprop/ regional jet between ASI-HLE once a week.😭

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well captainbod

yup basil read has folded the tent and crept silently to rest.
but with the obsidian gone, car hire gone, petrol gone, filling station gone it might get kinda lonely on asi. it is too late for me but not for you. dream on!!

these months past lack of range and low mist is not helping

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Just to put the above into plain language (!) Basil Read, the contractors/operators for the airport, have indeed gone into the South African equivalent of Administration/Chapter 11, known as Business Rescue. Their website now bears the branding of the Administrators

BUSINESS RESCUE OF BASIL READ LIMITED - Matuson & Associates

They had been the key business and employer on the island throughout the airport construction and their subsequent operation of it. They were also its principal user, they had a Falcon business jet which often seemed to be in and out with personnel and materials. With them having gone under, the island administration (and the UK government who funded the airport and who were determined not to let a mainstream UK contractor have the job) areoing to have to think quickly what to do.
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Is RMS St Helena still serviceable?
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Is RMS St Helena still serviceable?
No her last line voyage was Feb 2018
she has been sold as an expedition ship I think to MNG

St Helena has drafted in another vessel The MV Helena to operate cargo trips - not sure if she takes pax, don't think so?
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Originally Posted by rog747 View Post
No her last line voyage was Feb 2018
she has been sold as an expedition ship I think to MNG

St Helena has drafted in another vessel The MV Helena to operate cargo trips - not sure if she takes pax, don't think so?
The former RMS St Helena is now the MNG Tahiti, a Vessel Based Armoury, working in the Gulf of Oman in the anti-piracy business.
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Originally Posted by rog747 View Post
No her last line voyage was Feb 2018
she has been sold as an expedition ship I think to MNG

St Helena has drafted in another vessel The MV Helena to operate cargo trips - not sure if she takes pax, don't think so?
The cargo ship has a few passenger berths as there will always be people who can't or won't fly.
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Looks like they were fairly well prepared for the inevitable collapse of BR. Airport reopened as of 5th October. Credit where it's due I say.

"St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to inform that confirmation has been received from the Airport Regulator, Air Safety Support International (ASSI), that the Aerodrome Certificate and approvals for St Helena Airport have been issued to St Helena Airport Ltd (SHAL).

SHG is also pleased to advise that all staff previously engaged at the St Helena Airport have taken up positions with SHAL. The team is highly qualified and experienced and their support to the ongoing operation of the St Helena Airport is very much appreciated. Of particular note is the appointment of Ms Gwyneth Howell as Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager of SHAL. Our congratulations to Gwyneth on her appointment.

Finally, SHG has been advised by our insurance providers that all necessary insurances are in place. SHG is therefore pleased to announce that St Helena Airport has recommenced operations as normal with effect from today, 5 October 2018.

SHG

5 October 2018"
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So who is flying what then?

Airport reopen does not equate to normal ops.

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