Atlantic Star, in conjunction with industry partners, will deliver direct flights from London to St. Helena shortly after airport opening.
The initial flights will be conducted as a pair, with the first round trip operating around the middle of March 2016, and the second a fortnight later in early April 2016, to coincide with the Easter holidays. By choosing this pattern of flights resident Saints will be able to enjoy a two-week stay in England, similarly visitors to St. Helena will be able to enjoy a fortnight on the island.
Total journey time, including a short refuelling stop, will be under 12 hours. UK originating travellers will be able to depart late evening and arrive in St. Helena the following morning. Return flights will leave St. Helena early morning to arrive into the UK in the evening of the same day.
Commenting on the announcement Aiden Walsh, Commercial Director of Atlantic Star, said: “We are pleased to announce that we are going ahead with our first package of charter flights allowing tourists and Saints both in the UK and on St. Helena to plan a two week vacation either on island or in the UK and Europe. We expect demand to be high for these services and we will be incentivising early bookers by offering them the best prices on each flight. We are finalising our plans at present and as soon as we have contracts in place we will announce more details. As the sole airline focusing on the needs of Saints, we are very keen to hear your views. Anyone wishing to help us provide the best service possible can complete our short survey via this link. Please fill in the survey and leave us your email details so that we can keep in touch once the flight dates and fares are announced.
Richard Brown, founder of Atlantic Star commented: “This project has been ten years in the making for us at Atlantic Star and we are looking forward to our historic first flight arrival and departure from the amazing island of St. Helena. Thank you to all those Saints and travellers interested in visiting this unique and wonderful island for the messages of interest and support that you have sent to us via email, website, Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to sharing more detail on our flights and details on how to book a seat over the coming weeks. By registering on the website you'll be the first to know and be sure to get the best deals.”