St Helena Airport

The small airport making big moves

St Helena Airport is located somewhere unique – and remote. The tiny island in the mid-Atlantic is 1,210 miles off the coast of south-west Africa and 2,500 miles from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Following its opening in 2016, the airport has gained access to the rest of the world. With the commencement of a small schedule of weekly flights, alongside other services, it has grown steadily in the last five years, only slowing down during the height of the Covid pandemic. CEO Gwyneth Howell and Business Manager Tavonga Chikwenhere gave Hannah Barnett a taste of what goes on behind the scenes at one of the most remote airports in the world.