[Updated 21/06/2017] Pages 54–5: The island welcomed its historic first passenger flight in early May, when a chartered plane landed at the new airport. The 60 passengers on board, including both St Helenians and visitors, had been stranded in Cape Town when the RMS St Helena was undergoing repairs.
In a further step towards a regular air service, the St Helena government announced in July 2017 that SA Airlink – a franchisee of South African Airways – had been chosen as the preferred bidder to provide scheduled flights to St Helena. No details have yet been announced, but these are anticipated once the contract has been signed.
[Updated 07/01/2017] Page 55: In anticipation of a delay in establishing regular flights to St Helena, operation of the RMS St Helena between Cape Town, St Helena and Ascension has been extended until February 2018.
[Updated 07/01/2017] Page 66: A new 24-hour taxi service was launched in August 2016, V2 Taxi Partners (62644, 51284). It also offers a 'VIP champagne cruise' for £180 per couple including a three-course meal and drinks.
Where to stay
[Updated 21/06/2017] Page 67: The new hotel in Jamestown, originally dubbed ‘123 Main Street’ in a nod to the 3 historic properties that it occupies, is on schedule to open later this summer.
Mantis St Helena Main St (30 rooms) The historic frontage on Main St of this new hotel hides a significant development behind, where 22 contemporary rooms look towards Jacob’s Ladder. An additional 8 heritage rooms are set upstairs in the old buildings, overlooking the street, a view that has changed little in the last 200 years, while downstairs are the bar & restaurant, open to residents & non-residents alike. £££££
Getting there and away
From St Helena
[Updated 21/06/2017] Page 134: In a blow to communications for both St Helena and Ascension Island, the runway on Ascension has been declared unsuitable to accept the RAF flights that provided a vital link for visitors to both islands. As a result, the only link to the island is at present by sea on the RMS St Helena. For the latest information, see the Ascension Island government website, www.ascension-island.gov.ac.
[Updated 07/01/2017] Page 134-5: As a result of continued uncertainty over regular flights to St Helena, the RMS St Helena will continue in service, linking the two islands with Cape Town, until February 2018.
Where to eat and drink
[Updated 09/04/2016] Page 143: The Fishtrap Unfortunately the promised restaurant opposite the Ascension Government Building has not materialised, and no further information is available.
[Updated 11/09/2015] In September 2015, it was announced that, as for St Helena, a yellow fever vaccination will in future be required for all travellers arriving in Tristan da Cunha from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. For further health information relating to St Helena, see page 59.