ATLANTIC STAR ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF PLANNED OCTOBER SERVICES
The team at Atlantic Star have taken the decision to cancel the proposed October 2016 services between the UK and St.Helena. Whilst we regret having to take this decision, we have done so against the background of continued uncertainty regarding flight operations on to runway 20 at St.Helena. Runway 20 faces into the prevailing trade winds and is therefore the best suited to supporting flights operating with a commercially viable payload. However, until more comprehensive and accurate data has been gathered regarding the wind effects and potential for windshear when landing on this runway it is sensible to take the conservative course of action and postpone flights. Atlantic Star and flight operator TUIfly continue to work closely with St.Helena Government and UK DfID to establish a robust safety case for operations onto runway 20. We are also investigating an interim solution to allow commercial air access using runway 02. The tailwind that is usually experienced on this runway necessitates a reduction in the number of passengers that can be carried, which impacts significantly on the economic viability of flights. Atlantic Star Airlines remains committed to the long term future of flights to St.Helena and the provision of a direct link to the UK from the island. We are continuing to work with our travel industry partners and other stakeholders to achieve this, and maintain an ambition to operate flights direct from the UK at Christmas as planned.