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Lord Kelvin, 1902

‘How do I fly to St Helena?’

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Airport Status

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At the time of writing{2}, the status of our Airport is as follows:

Medevac flights: 

OPEN (many flights have already arrived and departed.)

Around 50 in total, as at 1st May 2017

Private flights

OPEN (many flights have already arrived and departed.)

Commercial flights

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On 9th June 2017 the Government of St Helena announced that South African airline SA Airlink had won the tender to supply air services to St Helena, but details of the service to be provided were not announced. Flights will begin when negotiations are completed - expected Late-2017.


Ways to get here [Saint Helena Island Info:Fly here?]

Other ‘getting here’ pages:

• Getting Here

• RMS St Helena

• Yachting

• Cruise Ship Days

• Fly Yourself Here

• Visitor Information

The answer to question above is that at present, unless you own your own plane, you can’t…but soon it will be possible for everyone! Read more…

This page is about our operational airport. You can also read about its construction.

Below: Fly here in your private plane?Medical EvacuationCharter FlightsScheduled Commercial Flights‘Category C’Other Flying ThingsSt Helena Airport GamePoem

Fly here in your private plane?

Although the airport is not yet operating a scheduled commercial service, if you have your own private plane flying to St Helena is already possible. See our Fly Yourself Here page for more.

Medical Evacuation

The airport is already being used for Medical Evacuations. As at December 2016 it had saved two lives; people who would not have survived the seven day sea voyage to Cape Town.

Charter Flights

The airport is already being used for Charter Flights. The first tourists to travel by charter flight arrived on 13th July 2016, a family of three brought by Antwerp aviation company ‘The Aviation Factory’, using a Bombardier Challenger 300. Basil Read have used many charter flights to rotate its airport staff.

In May 2017 a charter flight was organised by the Government of St Helena to bring home Saints stranded in Cape Town by a breakdown of the RMS St Helena. Flight SA8878, a British Aerospace 146 Avro RJ85, flew from Cape Town via a refuelling stop in Walvis Bay, Namibia, arriving at about 2pm on Wednesday 3rd May. Governor Phillips was on the flight. It then returned to Cape Town to carry people on St Helena who needed to leave.

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Scheduled Commercial Flights

Flight information and routes was published here prior to the planned opening of our airport on 21st May 2016. When this was called off due to wind-shear problems the information became invalid and hence has been deleted.

A new Tender process is underway which should result in air services starting in mid- or late-2017. We will update this page as soon as we have something definite to report.

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‘Category C’

Our airport has been designated ‘Category C’. This is basically an assessment of the risk involved in using the airfield, with ‘A’ being the least risky.

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A Category ‘A’ airfield satisfies all of the following requirements:

  • An approved instrument approach procedure

  • At least one runway with no performance limited procedure for take-off and/or landing

  • Published circling minima not higher than 1,000ft

  • Night operations capability

A Category ‘B’ airfield is an airfield which does not satisfy all of the Category ‘A’ airfield requirements, or which requires extra considerations such as:

  • Non Standard Approach aids and/or approach patterns, or

  • Unusual local weather conditions, or

  • Unusual characteristics or performance limitations, or

  • Any other relevant considerations including obstructions, physical layout, lighting etc.

A Category ‘C’ airfield requires additional considerations to a Category ‘B’ airfield and is considered to pose certain problems for the approach and/or landing and/or take-off.

For reference, three of the Category ‘C’ airfields in Europe are London City [EGLC], Gibraltar [LXGB] and Funchal, Madeira [LPMA].

Other Flying Things

Air Traffic Control Zones [Saint Helena Island Info:Fly here?]

Naturally, the new airport requires restrictions on what else can be flying over St Helena. The Aviation Ordinance was enacted early in 2015 and designates an Aerodrome Traffic Zone ‘ATZ’ (broadly, the approach and departure area) and a Control Zone ‘CTR’ (the immediate vicinity of the airport. The diagram (right) illustrates these.

The rules depend on what it is you intend to fly. In addition to normal aircraft (which, presumably, you will to fly into or out of the airport, so formal Air Traffic Control procedures must be observed), the restrictions also cover:

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), also known as quadcopters, UAVs, radio controlled aircraft or drones;

  • Kites;

  • Large Baloons (e.g. hot-air balloons and tethered ‘barrage’ balloons);

  • and even small ‘party’ baloons when realeased in bulk (1000 or more).

Whether wind-blown litter is covered is not clear.

The rules also prohibit shining bright lights into the sky, which “have the ability to dazzle and disorientate pilots at a time when they are most busy”.

You can download a summary of the regulations (155.0Kb).

St Helena Airport Game

St Helena Airport Game from the Google™ Play store [Saint Helena Island Info:Fly here?]

In August 2016 a computer game became available on the Google™ Play store, which allows you to land a (small) plane on St Helena Airport.

We are told that the game features a reasonably realistic portrayal of St Helena…and even incorporates wind shear!

Airport, 2017 [Saint Helena Island Info:Fly here?]


From the ground
one sees only the butt ends of the clouds
those bits of the blanket
tucked under.

one sees across the counterpane
rumpled, morning white
as if the earth had spent another restless night.

Roger McGough

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{a} Governor Lisa Phillips

{b} St Helena News & Travel.

{c} Nick Stevens

{d} Andy Simpson, www.penspen.com


{1} The guns are Royal Navy 32 pounders, manufactured in the 1780s, and were recovered from Banks Battery and restored. More island cannons here.

{2} W/c 19th June 2017.


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