St Helena Government

AVIATION (GENERAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 2016

Press Release   •   Feb 23, 2016 11:26 GMT

The Bill sets out a series of minor amendments to existing legislation in order to facilitate air access and to bring St Helena into line with international standards and requirements. These changes mainly affect aircraft operators and their personnel.

Comments are now invited on the Bill. Copies have been placed in the Public Library and at the Access Office at the Post Office.

Interested persons are asked to contact Janet Lawrence, Airport Project Director, with any comments or queries via email at janet.lawrence@sainthelena.gov.sh or tel: 22477 – or by dropping into the Access Office at the Post Office Building.

Given the minor nature of the amendments, the deadline for feedback is Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 4pm.

In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount - of up to - £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for ten years of operation.

The project aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.

Both the St Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for St Helena.