Airlink’s scheduled flight service from Johannesburg to St Helena Island will increase from fortnightly to weekly, as of Saturday 8 October 2022.
The decision to boost accessibility to the remote volcanic island in the South Atlantic comes alongside St Helena Government’s decision to lift COVID-19 entry regulations from 8 August 2022.
“The service will still include the monthly inter-island service with Ascension Island and additional inter-island flights during the peak period,” says Matt Joshua, Head of Tourism for St Helena.
St Helena Airport (HLE) opened in October 2017. Prior to this, St Helena was only accessible by sea. The only carrier to the island, Airlink had been operating weekly flights to St Helena since the airport opened. After suspending flights in March 2020 due to COVID-19, Airlink officially resumed their schedule in March this year with a fortnightly flight.
“As the pandemic rolled across the globe, St Helena took extra precautions to ensure the safety of our small community (population 4,200),” says Joshua.
“Now that restrictions will officially ease, we are looking forward to meeting the demand from travellers wanting to experience one of the UK’s oldest overseas territories and most remote inhabited islands on the planet.
After two years of almost no air traffic, increased accessibility will offer a much-needed economic boost.”
Flight tickets from Johannesburg to St Helena Island are available on flyairlink.com and through all IATA-registered travel agents.