History was made today as the first commercial passenger jet landed at Saint Helena’s new airport shortly after noon.
The aircraft, a British Airways 737-800 operated by Comair and registered ZS-ZWG, landed for an “implementation flight” from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB), complete with Comair, Basil Read and other passengers and a load of aircraft spare parts to be kept on the island.
In preparation for the start of scheduled air services, the objectives of the implementation flights include route assessment, airside operations, passenger/cargo handing training and checks for various safety aspects at the airport.
It is planned that the aircraft will make a few flights to the island over the next few days, before the implementation flight departs Saint Helena on Wednesday, the 20th of April 2016.
With scheduled air services starting on the 21st of May 2016, the only way of transport to regularly reach the island as of now, the RMS St Helena, is due to be retired.