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Atlantic Star Airlines gains regulatory approval

St. Helena Airport

Atlantic Star Airlines announced approval for its 2016 UK to St.Helena charter flight programme.

Atlantic Star Airlines Director of Regulation Andrew Radford has been working in conjunction with the operations teams at TUIfly (Netherlands) and Air Charter Services, and the Air Access Team at St.Helena Government to deliver all the necessary documentation and assurances to gain approval for this unique flight programme. The commercial permission granted to A-Star is of course subject to airport certification being completed as planned in mid April. Therefore tickets cannot yet be released for sale, but details of the intended flight programme may be shared and are shown below.

The team at Atlantic Star Airlines is confident that certification of St.Helena Airport (‘HLE’) will be achieved hence the announcement of flight dates, schedules and prices. A-Star have also been granted UK Civil Aviation Authority approval for ticket sales through TravelPack Ltd as ticketing partner, thus giving customers the reassurance of ATOL protection.

Commenting on the development Andrew stated: “We are pleased to have overcome the necessary regulatory hurdles and would like to thank everyone at UK CAA and St.Helena Government for their enthusiastic support of our proposal to offer direct flights linking St.Helena and the UK.”

As St.Helena airport will only open during daylight hours it is necessary to land back in to the UK during night-time. This has presented the team at A-Star with a further challenge as all of the limited number of night landing slots at many UK airports had been allocated to other services prior to confirmation of the St.Helena flight schedules. A solution has been found in that the management team at London Luton Airport is very keen to support the UK to St.Helena link and has made available some night slots.

The first flights will be on the following dates, operated on a Boeing 737-800 by TUIfly (Netherlands) under their flight number, prefix OR. Flights will stop briefly in Banjul (‘BJL’), Gambia, for re-fuel and a change of flight crew, in each direction. All times are expressed in local time.
Sunday 22 May
OR1502                LTN-BJL                2330-0450 (following day)
OR1502                BJL-HLE               0550-1045

Monday 23 May
OR2002                HLE-BJL                1145-1630
OR2002                BJL-LTN                1730-0040 (following day)

Sunday 5 June
OR1502                LTN-BJL                2330-0450 (following day)
OR1502                BJL-HLE               0550-1045

Monday 6 June
OR2002                HLE-BJL                1145-1630
OR2002                BJL-LTN                1730-0040 (following day)

The total journey time in each direction is around 12 hours.

This schedule means visitors can spend a fortnight enjoying St.Helena and similarly allows St.Helena residents to visit the UK for a two week period.

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