Clear
0 Selected+
Filters
Air
Cruise
Agencies
Operators
Technology
Destinations
Luxury
City and finance
Skills
Regulation

WTM

BY Madeleine Barber

Share
TR FB LinkedIn

WTM 2017: Airport offers St Helena more tourist arrivals

On October 14 this year, the first ever commercial flight touched down on St Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

St Helena airport
Sharelines

"We're highlighting our key niche markets of history and heritage, and natural beauty and adventure."

Celebrated with St Helena and South African flags flown at the windows of the plane, along with a water cannon arch upon landing, the chartered Airlink service brought 34 passengers to the island’s newly built – and only – airport. The journey from Johannesburg took six hours in total, with a fueling stop in Namibia’s Windhoek.


Officials spent £285 million on building the St Helena airport, which was constructed as a means to encourage more tourist arrivals on the island. With this air service from Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively, the island is expected to receive 10,000 annual visitors in the first year, including those arriving via eight cruise ships scheduled for 2018.


Helena Bennett, director of tourism for St Helena, said: “We’re continuously promoting St Helena as a new flight destination and highlighting our key niche markets of history and heritage, and natural beauty and adventure.” From its capital, Jamestown, guests can take whale-shark or dolphin trips, guided walks, historical tours, nature-based excursions and sample food from myriad restaurants, pubs and coffee shops.


Bennett added: “The team is building strong relationships with international tour operators and engaging in international travel and trade shows to ensure St Helena is kept in the minds of long-haul holiday buyers looking for a sense of adventure.”

Add New Comment
Please sign in to comment.
Job Search
Previous Searches
Show me more
TTG Media Limited.
Place of registration: England and Wales.
Company number 08723341.
Registered address: New Bridge Street House, 30-34 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6BJ
Scroll To Top