Airlink will start operating the first and only flight schedule between St Helena and South Africa on Saturday, 14th October 2017. The Airlink flight will connect guests from Johannesburg and Cape Town, via Windhoek. The flight will operate on Saturdays in an Embraer 190 aircraft – the first prototype of an advanced aircraft which incorporates fly by wire technology. This aircraft model has performed many successful campaigns in some of the world’s most difficult airports, including London City. This carrier model has been approved for the St Helena Route by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as well as the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
The Embraer 190 has proven that a commercial operation in St Helena’s airport is viable and safe; this aircraft is perfectly suited to sail the winds of the Atlantic and land on the remote island with great precision. Airlink will ferry up to 114 passengers on their journey to unearthing the exceptional experiences awaiting discovery on St Helena.
The St Helena flight will be available on booking channels as soon as Airlink loads St Helena airport taxes; a process which has proven to be quite complex because St Helena has never been developed as a destination in any GDS.
The rates for the St Helena flights are projected by Airlink as follows:
Cape Town – St Helena return ZAR 15,300 / £847
Johannesburg – St Helena return ZAR 14,090/ £805
The flight rates will be all inclusive and terms & conditions will be available for viewing on the Airlink website.