The second Operational Readiness Trial at St Helena Airport was held on Saturday, 7 May 2016 – and proved to be another useful exercise to test key systems in the Terminal Building. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that volunteered as ‘passengers’ and to their ‘meeters & greeters’.

The third trial will take place on Friday 13 May 2016. On this occasion we will have 200 volunteer ‘passengers’ – we plan that 100 volunteers will act as Departing passengers and 100 as Arriving passengers. This will allow us to test departures and arrivals procedures in parallel.

All volunteer passengers for Friday have been advised as to what role they are playing – departing or arriving. If there are any further queries, please contact Tessa Roberts at or on tel. 22494.

Volunteers are requested to please invite as many of your family and friends along on the day as you wish, to play the roles of ‘meeters & greeters’.

Departing Passengers ‘Boarding Instructions’

 The ‘flight’ is scheduled to depart from St Helena Airport at 12.30hrs.  Check-in will commence at 9.30hrs and finish at 11.30hrs.  Any passenger arriving after 11.30hrs will not be checked-in and will miss their ‘flight’.

In order to check-in, passengers will need to bring their Passport or another form of identification – for example a birth certificate or drivers licence.  Please note that the alternative form of identification is allowed for the purposes of the trials only – a Passport will be required for international travel.

To make the trial as realistic as possible passengers are asked to bring one piece of hand luggage (a bag or case that would be carried on to the aircraft) and their hold luggage. Passengers may drive to the Airport and park in the car park and baggage carts will be available at the Terminal entrance to assist with taking baggage through to check-in.

Arriving Passengers Instructions

 All volunteers playing the role of arriving passengers should present themselves to the Vehicle Control Point near the Combined Building at 11.00hrs.  From there you will be escorted by Airport staff directly onto the apron.

Your ‘flight’ will arrive at 11.30hrs.  To prepare for arrival at St Helena Airport, please have your Passport (or an alternative form of identification) and your luggage.  Once you have completed the arrivals process, you will be able to relax in the public areas of the Terminal Building.



An ‘Open Day’ will also take place on Friday 13 May 2016, between 3pm and 8pm for members of the public to view the Airport facilities.

Staff will be on-hand to answer queries and to guide members of the public through the Airport facility. This will be an opportunity to visit the Terminal Building, to see the Rescue & Firefighting Services and the Air Traffic Control Tower in the Combined Building.

It is also planned to have the Runway lit up as if a flight was arriving. There will also be snacks on sale in the landside Restaurant and the airside Café. Car parking is available in the Airport car park.

The Airport Open Day will close promptly at 8pm, when the traffic boom near Bradley’s will be closed to incoming traffic.

Members of the public are asked to kindly drive with care.  Persons wishing to travel to Bottom Woods and through to Bradley’s to view the Runway lights are asked to adhere to signage in place. There will be no vehicle access allowed to Horse Point.


11 May 2016


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