‘World’s most useless airport’ which cost UK taxpayers £۲۵۸MILLION to get its first flight

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‘World’s most useless airport’ which cost UK taxpayers £۲۵۸MILLION to get its first flight

‘World’s most useless airport’ which cost UK taxpayers £۲۵۸MILLION to get its first flight
ST HELENA airport, which has been labelled “the world’s most useless airport”, is finally set to get a scheduled flight.
By Sam Sholli
PUBLISHED: 06:14, Tue, Aug 1, 2017 | UPDATED: 07:11, Tue, Aug 1, 2017

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St Helena airport is finally set to get a scheduled flight

The £۲۵۸ million airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense to serve the remote south Atlantic community.

Shortly after the airport’s planned royal opening in 2016, a test flight revealed severe wind shear.

The scheduled flights were abandoned, and the planned retirement of the RMS St Helena was postponed so the island’s sea link would continue.

This came after plans were announced for a regular scheduled service in British Airways colours from Johannesburg, carrying approximately 170 passengers.

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A South African carrier, Airlink, will fly from Johannesburg via Windhoek in Namibia to St Helena each Saturday, the island’s government has now announced

The UK Government will subsidise the operation up to the tune of £۱.۹m in the first year of operation, representing over £۳۶,۰۰۰ per return flight – or nearly £۵۰۰ per available seat.

However, neither the start date nor how much flights will cost has been revealed.

Due to safety limitations, a maximum of 76 of the 99 seats on the Brazilian-built Embraer jet will be occupied.

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The overall flight time from Johannesburg is set to be over six hours.

This will be more than an hour longer than the originally planned non-stop service.

Dr Niall O’Keeffe, chief executive for economic development, Enterprise St Helena, said: “Scheduled air services is what is needed to build a sustainable tourism industry on St Helena.

“As a remote small island developing state, the onset of air services is crucial to enable the development of a sustainable economy in the long-term.

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The £۲۵۸ million airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense

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“The opportunities for tourism and investment as the island opens up as the newest air destination in the world, cannot be overstated.”

The island’s director of tourism, Christopher Pickard, said: “As much as we are going to miss the RMS, not everyone has two weeks to travel to and from the island by ship.”

On the second Saturday of each month the flight will continue on from St Helena for a further 800 miles to Ascension Island, where it will stay overnight.
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