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First lady Governor Lisa Phillip’s arrives on St Helena.

Today St Helena added another historical moment to Island’s History and welcomed its 68th and first ever female  Governor who stepped ashore on St Helena just after 8 am this morning where she was greeted by the Acting Governor and Councillors at the landing steps. Lisa philips arrival

Ms Phillips along with Alex Cameron from the FCO, who also arrived today, made a slow walk from the landing steps to the customs hall, where she greeted members of the public on her way to the Castle

This afternoon at approximately 2 pm the Inauguration Ceremony took place on the terrace in front of the Supreme Court in Jamestown in the presence of many dignitaries and government officials, uniformed contingents and approximately 800 members of the public.

Stage prep jamestownThere were several speeches made during the ceremony along with prayers. In her opening speech Governor Philips thanked everyone for their warm welcome and said she was looking forward to her role as the first female governor of the island, she thanked everyone including the crew of the RMS St Helena and the remarkable people of Tristan da Cunha for their fantastic welcome. Governor Phillips said she intends to commit her time as governor by supporting not only St Helena but also Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.Guest at lisa philips welcome

Governor Philips said she was tremendously excited about the airport and that she was fully aware of the history of the airport from working within DIFD and that she never thought that she would be the first governor to fly in and out of St Helena. Prior to coming to St Helena she said that she was curious about the island and had carried out a lot of research on what marks on the island previous Governors had left.  She said she wanted to think about her legacy and how she would like to be remembered; mentioning she was not in a hurry to leave but her aspirations fell into four areas which are to continue the good standard of governance that all three islands currently enjoy; to deliver a well functioning and efficient civil service with firm legal practices, transparency and accountability; to enable an environment for investment in the island and to deliver  safety and security for everyone. Her personal effort would be to bring government closer to the people and wants the relationship Sean burnsbetween these to be a modern one where there are shared joint responsibilities.

She also emphasised that she wanted Saints to take up jobs that were now held by expatriates and to focus on the elderly and the youth of St Helena, meeting and greetingshe also mentioned that she would be visiting New Horizon’s and SHAPE along with a visit that has been planned for next Wednesday at the Princess Royal Community Care Complex. The Ceremony concluded with a March pass by the various contingents; Governor Philips was then escorted into the Castle to meet officials and members of the public who wanted to greet her.

Comair’s Boeing 737-800 made Island history on St Helena’s new Airport.

After many years of hard work and team dedication, today St Helena has made another very important milestone in history.  St Helena was always described as a remote South Atlantic Island, but it now breathes a sigh of relief and buzz of excitement both on Island and Worldwide.

newsarticle-247991-scaled-560x0Being one of the biggest and most successful deliveries in Island history, could be seen in motion by Islanders before their own eyes as the British Airways Boeing aircraft operated by Comair made their first approach followed by a fly pass over the runway, followed soon after by a successful landing at 12 noon local time.

First Comair/BA Boeing 737-800 parked the Apron at HLE St Helena Airport
First Comair/BA Boeing 737-800 parked the Apron at HLE St Helena Airport

This is now the largest aircraft to land at St Helena airport to date. It will later become the designated Comair operated flight used for the weekly air service to and from ‘Tambo’ International airport in Johannesburg.

Today’s milestone is the beginning of a new journey; it will serve all the residence living on Island and abroad. Today it has proved that access to and from the Island using a 21st century passenger airliner has just got easier and offers convenience for the traveller.

Although, the airport has not been given the official certification to operate. Confirmation is only hours away, before the announcement hopefully is made officially and to certify the airport.  This of course was all down to last week’s visit of the ASSI team that was flown out to St Helena from London on a special flight from JO-burg, and to deliver their report with the approval to proceed with operations.

Comair has arrived at St Helena
Comair has arrived at St Helena

Todays flight brought 50 passengers which includes; Basil Reads Director, Jimmy Johnston and Deon Da Jager (Basil Reads island Director-in-charge of Airport Construction) who left the island on Friday 15th April (three days ago).  Mr De Jager made a visit to his Head Office in South Africa and return today 18th April.

Following today’s events, there were many crowds of onlookers at vantage points and lining the high spots on the hill tops near the airport in view to this successful landing of Comair’s flight.

The aircraft is expected to operate a few flights tomorrow, before leaving on Wednesday afternoon at 1700 hrs for Johannesburg.

The official opening of the airport is schedule to open on May 21st 2016.  In attendance will be HRH Price Edward the Earl of Wessex, a VIP flight will arrive on the May 20th at St Helena airport.  To commemorate this special occasion, a further UK chartered flight operated by ‘Atlantic Star’ airlines is due to arrive two days later on May 23rd bringing also passengers to the island.

With all the excitement, and reaction from social media there was certainly a buzz on today’s events.

Phillip Newman  Who witness the landing on St Helena commented on Facebook “This is history in the making, what a spectacular day for St Helena and an even better day for the history books”

Two Years in the Atlantic  “The Island is buzzing right now, social media has gone nuts”

Usha Griffiths who lives in the UAE said “We thought that this day would never come, but it’s here……….first commercial flight to land on our little island  Feeling emotional excited all roll into one………Daddie I’ll see you real soon!”

Trevor Botting  “Historic day for St Helena with the Comair 737-800 landing at the airport Brilliant to be part of it!!”

Simon Benjamin took his own History selfie and later posted it on Facebook.

Another lady who lives in UK said she had tears rolling down her cheeks.

I’m sure on behalf of every one who will benefit from St Helena’s new airport, we would like to thank the team at DIFID, Jimmy Johnston, Deon De Jager and the Basil Read team including all the St Helenian staff and other organisations involved for one of this successful and satisfactory job made in St Helena’s history!

Please show your appreciation, and share your thoughts about the achievement made on St Helena today?

Comair’s first implementation flight to St Helena

Comair will fly a Boeing 737- 800 to St Helena providing the results are favourable from the Air Safety Support International Audit that is due to commence after the arrival of the Bombardier Business jet on Sunday.  This flight will be an implementation flight to the Island from Johannesburg to prepare for the commencement of the scheduled air service. The main objective of the implementation flight is to access the route to St Helena from Johannesburg along with assessment of the Airport airside operations, passenger and cargo handling and other aspects of training at the Airport. Dates and times of the flight are not available but will be made available to the public soon.  The Airports official opening date is set for 21st May 2016.