Back row L to R: Clare O’Dean, James Kellett & Tracey Williams
Front row: Dayna Henry, Joycelyn Herne, Tessa Roberts, Lee McMahon & Janet Lawrence
In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included an Airport, a new Bulk Fuel Installation, a Wharf in Rupert’s and the Access Road leading from Rupert’s to the Airport. The Airport and supporting infrastructure will provide air services and improve cargo handling facilities to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and at the same time, providing St Helena with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.
On 10 May 2016, the work of the previous 4½ years to construct and operationalise St Helena Airport culminated in the Airport receiving its first Aerodrome Certificate from the regulator, Air Safety Support International (ASSI). Notwithstanding the logistical and technical challenges of building a ‘greenfield’ Airport in a remote location, this achievement was all the more remarkable because the Airport received its Aerodrome Certificate at its first attempt to gain certification.
The Airport Directorate is the functional link between the Airport Project , St Helena Government and other key stakeholders. It continues to serve as that link as the final elements of the construction of the airport and its associated infrastructure are put in place. The Airport Directorate also supports Phase 2 of the Airport Project which facilitates the operational elements of a fully-functioning Airport.
St Helena Airport is open and operational: air traffic to St Helena currently consists of one-off private charter flights and medevac flights. Unfortunately, scheduled services to St Helena did not commence in May 2016 as originally planned due to turbulence and wind-shear identified on the approach path to the main (northern end) runway, during test flights in April 2016. As a result, Comair’s air service has been put on hold and intensive work has got underway to better understand the wind conditions and identify how to mitigate the challenges they present.
In December 2016, St Helena Government released a Request for Proposals to establish scheduled air services to St Helena, operating on the southern approach to the Airport; this approach avoids the meteorological conditions on the northern approach but does introduce the need to land with a tailwind. In June 2017, SHG announced that SA Airlink is the preferred bidder to provide air services to St Helena.
Airport Directorate Organogram:
- The Airport Director co-ordinates delivery of all ongoing airport related construction works as well as coordinating delivery of all SHG requirements in airport operations phase.
Airport Operations Section – Airport Contracts Manager, Deputy & Contracts Manager
- Responsible for the overall aviation regulatory functions within SHG
- Facilitation of all matters relating to air access within SHG, and
- Contract management of all air access related contracts. This includes the final phase of the Airport Design, Build & Operate Contract, the Air Service Provider contract with the airline providing the scheduled weekly service to the Island, the Fuel Management contract relating to ground and aviation fuel provision to St Helena and the contract with the UK MET Office for the provision of meteorological services at the Airport.
Airport Development Section – Project Manager (Construction), Project Manager (Environment) and Project manager (Rupert’s)
- Responsible for co-ordination delivery of all ongoing airport related construction works, taking over of these works and where applicable, adoption by SHG
- SHG Environmental Lead for all airport related construction works
- SHG Lead for all airport related construction works in Rupert’s (Rupert’s Wharf and Bulk Fuel Facilities) as well as coordinating the wider development in Rupert’s.
Airport Support Section – Office Manager, Admin Assistant & Clerk
- Responsible for all office management functions for the Airport Directorate. This includes all administration, finance, human resources and procurement functions as well as project monitoring (Risks and Issues Register, etc.)
The Key Airport Project Stakeholders are:
Project Management Unit (PMU)
tel: +(290) 24391
tel: + (290) 24026
St Helena Government
1st Floor, Post Office Building
Tel: + (290) 22494
SHG Press Office
Tel: + (290) 22470
A few photos have been uploaded to the ‘Gallery’. Anyone requiring further photos can contact the Access Office Manager, at the Airport Directorate, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org