As a follow up to this now closed thread, in May of this year, the airport welcomed it’s first commerical flight, operated by SA Airlink. Albeit it was a charter, however nonetheless, a huge achievement, considering the wind shear risks that have been associated with this airport.
And now, SA Airlink has released it’s plans for scheduled revenue service, which can be seen below.
Flights will be operated by an ETOPS E190 (120 min is the E190 ETOPS rating), operating once a week on Saturdays, and will start when the regulatory approval goes through, so no commencement date as of yet, so stay tuned. Congrats to St. Helena, your time is coming very soon!
Sources/Additional Info: https://whatthesaintsdidnext.com/2017/05/03/saints-fly-home-for-the-very-first-time/ ::::: https://whatthesaintsdidnext.com/2017/07/22/flights-st-helena-johannesburg-cape-town-announced/ ::::: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Air-Services-to-St-Helena-QandAs-21-July-2017.pdf
As a side note, would love for this airport to be in global, to really put our piloting skills to the test.