Air Ticket Prices to St Helena Announced | Darrin Henry
Prices for return flights to St Helena Island from South Africa will start at £804 (Johannesburg) or £846 (Cape Town).
These ticket prices for air travel to St Helena were published today by St Helena Government as part of the Executive Council’s report. The information given was limited, this is the statement covering ticket prices in full:
In the closed session, Council considered the Airlink fares which range from £804 – £1,544 for a return ticket to Johannesburg and £846 – £1,586 for a return ticket to Cape Town.
It was also reported that Airlink has today received the ETOPs 120 approval from the South African Civil Aviation Authority and that it is anticipated that flights will commence on Saturday, 14 October 2017. Fares are currently being loaded onto the ticketing systems and a press release with full details will issue shortly to include the date for ticket sales and the distribution channels.
This raises the question as to how the “range” of the ticket fares will be spread and also the fares for Ascension Island flights are yet to be published.
Information regarding flight times, baggage allowance, aircraft type and passenger numbers were published last month (July 2017) and you can find all that information in a previous WTSDN blog post.
See below for a further update from SHG/SA Airlink, published 1 September.
Updates extracted from 1 September 2017 press release and Q&A document:
Flights from Johannesburg to St Helena Island return (via Windhoek)
Business Class £1,544
Upper Economy £1,244
Lower Economy £ 804
Flights from Cape Town to St Helena Island return (via Windhoek)
Business Class £1,586
Upper Economy £1,286
Lower Economy £ 846
The difference in cost of flights to St Helena from Cape Town and Johannesburg are due to the different airport taxes.
How to Purchase St Helena Flight Tickets
Tickets will be available online via the Airlink website at https://flyairlink.com/ and through all normal IATA global distribution systems. Passengers are advised to contact their IATA travel agent.
For those passengers living in St Helena, ticket bookings can be made via Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency at the Malabar in Jamestown. Passengers can visit the Shipping & Travel Agency in person or can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 22523.
Times of Flights to St Helena
Departures/arrivals as announced – note all times are Universal Time Clock (UTC):
Johannesburg (JNB) to Windhoek (WDH): 07:00-09:00
Cape Town (CPT) to Windhoek (WDH): 06:30 – 08:30
Windhoek (WDH) to St Helena (HLE): 09:30 – 13:15
St Helena (HLE) to Windhoek (WDH): 14:30 – 18:05
Windhoek (WDH) to Johannesburg (JNB): 18:40 – 20:30
Windhoek (WDH to Cape Town (CPT): 19:05 – 21:00
The flights will initially limit maximum passenger numbers to 76, made up of 70 Economy and 6 Business Class.
Fares Between St Helena and Windhoek
SA Airlink currently have stopover rights for Windhoek only.
An application has been made for Fifth Freedom Rights which will allow other passengers to join or depart the SA Airlink flight at Windhoek. It is hoped to have this in place by 14 October 2017 or soon after. Fares will be published once permissions are given.
Air Service Start Date
Saturday, 14 October 2017.
On this inaugural occasion the aircraft will overnight on St Helena and will return to Johannesburg via Windhoek on Sunday, 15 October 2017. Thereafter the service will operate on a weekly basis, on a Saturday.
WTSDN Note: We’re assuming the original plan for a Saturday return to Windhoek and Johannesburg applies, although this detail is not specified in the 1/9/17 press release.
Ascension Island Flights
The monthly flight to Ascension Island Airport will commence on the third weekend in November 2017. Thereafter the flight will take place on the second weekend of every month.
Bookings can only be made with the Ascension Island Travel Agency, although this is not yet available. Once this is available please contact them via email: email@example.com or tel: +247 66500.
Flights to Ascension Island prices will be announced shortly by the Ascension Island Travel Agency.
Transfer of Tickets from RMS St Helena to SA Airlink Flight
Passengers booked to travel on the RMS St Helena from Voyage 264 onwards, 21 October 2017, (i.e. at the time that tickets become available for the St Helena Air Service) will be able to transfer their ticket to the St Helena Airport flights. No transfer fees will apply.
However, there may be a fare differential chargeable.
Visit the St Helena Government website for the official press release.
This is the end of the key points we have extracted from 1 September press release.
Original blog article continued below.
South African airline, SA Airlink have signed a contract to provide the air service using an Embraer E190 which has demonstrated superior handling in the airport’s strong wind conditions.
The St Helena Airport wind shear made world headlines in April 2016 after the first commercial jet liner to fly there, a British Airways Boeing 737-800 operated by Comair, struggled to land on its test flight.
Now, nearly 18 months on it appears a satisfactory solution has been found in the shape of the Embraer E190 and a scheduled air service to HLE Airport will begin on 14 October 2017.
The start of a scheduled commercial air service will mean the island’s ship, the RMS St Helena, will finally be retired after the original plan to do so was scrapped following the identification of wind shear at St Helena Island Airport.
Ticket Prices for Flights to St Helena – What It Means
The island’s goal of building a self-sustaining economy through tourism can also now gain fresh momentum as the long, five-day travel times (one way) are slashed to five hours. This potentially increases quality time in St Helena and makes a short-term St Helena holiday more viable.
The announcement of Flight Ticket Prices means hundreds of people can now start planning how to get to St Helena by air. It’s also a good time to think about things to do on St Helena.
We would be really interested to know what today’s announcement means for you? Please consider leaving a comment below.