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Flights to St Helena, this is just the beginning

All eyes from around the world was on St Helena Island as SA Airlink inaugural flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg touched down at the St Helena Airport at 14.00 GMT October 14th 2017. Slightly later than originally planned but none the less this is the start of the weekly commercial service to St Helena from the outside world.

HE Governor Lisa Phillips greeted the 72 passengers as they disembarked the Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft whilst the majority of the island’s population watched from the viewing deck to witness this historic occasion.

Tour Operators from Eastcape Tours, Get Africa Travel, Springbok Atlas, and Island Holidays took the opportunity to take the first commercial flight to St Helena. Amongst the passengers were International media from the BBC, ITV, The Times, Thomson Reuters, Associated Press.

Shortly after the arrival a press conference with the visiting media (can be found here) took place in the terminal building. Eventually, the passengers made their way to their hotels and guesthouses which included some who are staying at the new Mantis Jamestown Hotel.

A full itinerary has been organized by the St Helena Tourist Office for the visitors which offers tours to some of the Islands tourist hotspots including a visit to Napoleon’s house, and marine tours on Sunday to see whales and Dolphins on the leeward side of the Island.

Enterprise St Helena and St Helena tourism had also scheduled various meetings to speak with investors who had arrived to look at opportunities here on the Island.

Governor Phillips invited arriving guests to a reception at plantation house to celebrate to what she describes as a proud and momentous occasion for St Helena.

Saint FM outside broadcast
Saint FM outside broadcast

The local community radio station Saint FM presented a special remote live broadcast from the arrivals terminal at the airport where they interview many passengers who just arrived on the aircraft. This broadcast was streamed live worldwide over the internet, which attracted hundreds of listeners.

Immediately after the landing social media sprang into life with live pictures and videos. The BBC broadcast their live report of the event on their world service and TV news at 10 back in Europe. The reporters described their amazing trip to the Island and a how St Helena would benefit from the commercial air service and also some history to the airport project.

Marine tours St Helena
Marine Tours St Helena

This morning the marine tours operators departed the pier head with their visitors hoping to show off St Helena’s marine potential to the tourism market.

The flight is due to depart St Helena at 14.30 GMT Sunday the 15th October.

 

 

 

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.

Weather conditions forces RMS St Helena to depart tristan early.

Enjoying-refreshments-at-Cafe-da-Cunha
Enjoying refreshments at Cafe da Cunha

The RMS St Helena departed Tristan da Cunha 24 hours earlier than scheduled on the Wednesday 20th April after weather conditions were forecasted to get worse that evening. Tristan’s tourism director said it is thought that 75 percent of the passengers on board of the RMS were RMS-embarking-last-of-the-visitorsable to get ashore for the short period on Wednesday after the bad sea conditions the day before made it impossible for passengers to get ashore. Shortly after the designated Governor Ms Lisa Phillips and Alex Cameron from FCO boarded the ship after a day ashore on the island meeting with Island officials, The RMS departed around 18.00 but could still be seen lit on the horizon

Last passengers to leave the tristan da Cunha Harbour
Last passengers to leave the tristan da Cunha Harbour

during the community party at the Prince Phillip Hall where the islanders were celebrating the recognition of the RMS and its last Journey and service to the Island as well as the celebration of her majesty’s the queen’s 90th Birthday. Tourism said that the Island was very busy and buzzing for the very short visit, passengers could be seen walking around the settlement and also relaxing and sampling the locally made snacks on sale at café da cunha (which is the local café hotspot for visitors)

Governor Ms Lisa Phillips and Alex Cameron
Governor Ms Lisa Phillips and Alex Cameron

Also on-board travelling on the RMS were a couple who were hoping to celebrate their five year of wedding anniversary on the Island. Departing on the RMS from Tristan was Island factory manager Mr Eric Mackenzie. The RMS will now arrive in Jamestown St Helena AM on Monday which is a day earlier than scheduled. The welcoming of designated governor Ms Lisa Phillips will now take place on Monday and not on Tuesday as originally planned. The Inauguration Ceremony will also take place on Monday shortly after the ships arrival.