Weather permitting, Airlink will carry out a ‘proving flight’ to St Helena on Monday, 21 August 2017, using an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft. The flight is expected to arrive at St Helena Airport at 10.30am (local time).

The aircraft will be carrying around 35 passengers – a mixture of Airlink Senior Management and representatives from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

This proving flight is for Airlink to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) requirements. This is a routine exercise for new air services, and part of the preparations for introducing an air service on a new route.

Working with the team at St Helena Airport, Airlink are assessing Air Traffic Control, communications & navigation systems, emergency services, terminal building facilities, and security.

St Helena Airport will open to the public on Monday, 21 August, from 9.30am-4pm. The restaurant and other facilities will be available and members of the public will be able to view the flight’s arrival from the viewing deck.

Other parking/viewing options on the day include:

  • Horse Point
  • Ben Coolen
  • Millennium forest
  • Bradleys
  • Great Stone Top
  • The Barn
  • Woody Ridge
  • Creeper Hill (Behind the Airport parking)

There will be no access to Mole Spider Hill.

A bus will also be provided to accommodate Park & Ride if required, from Bradley’s.

The flight is expected to depart St Helena on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. St Helena Airport will not open to the public on this day.

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18 August 2017

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470