28 March 2015

South Africa: St Helena air services to be provided by Comair!

update (17 June 2015): The official IATA code for St Helena Airport on St. Helena has been confirmed. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has formally assigned HLE to the airport. Passengers flying to and from St Helena Airport will find the code HLE on their documentation, such as boarding passes and baggage labels.

The Government of Saint Helena (SHG) and the Department for International Development (DFID) yesterday (27 March 2015) announced that South African aviation company Comair Limited has been appointed the provider of air services to Saint Helena. The weekly Saturday service will be operated using a brand new, state of the art Boeing 737-800 type aircraft in a two class configuration (Business Class and Economy Class) with the flight time from Johannesburg to Saint Helena being approximately five hours.
The agreement with Comair Limited is for an initial term of three years from the date of the first flight, with the potential for up to two extensions of two years each - a maximum term of seven years.
Bookings will open for sale later this year (2015) subject to the conclusion of the required Government and regulatory approvals and obtaining the specific consents and licences associated with the terms of Air Service Agreement between the Government of Saint Helena (SHG) and Comair Limited.

Comair Limited operates scheduled services on domestic and regional routes in Southern Africa as a British Airways franchisee and also as a low-cost carrier under its own kulula.com brand.
Saint Helena Airport, which is currently under construction, is expected to open in 2016. For more info, click here!

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