Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Island of St. Helena Gets Airport

St. Helena, located 1,200 miles west of the southern coast of Africa, is probably best known as the final home of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a British Overseas Territory and home to about 4,000 people. Until the airport opens in February, 2016, the island has only been accessible to visitors who use the RMS St. Helena, a ship that makes the 5 day trip from Cape Town every three weeks. The ship will be retired in April, 2016.

Routes have been proposed by two airlines. One, Comair Limited, is a South African airline and has received permission to fly one a week from Johannesburg. The other proposed airline is a British startup, Atlantic Star Airlines, but as of yet, the company does not operate any planes.

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