Ever since I started going to St Helena 10 years ago the coming of the airport has been a major topic of conversation. I think then it was supposed to open in 2010. Then it was delayed to 2012. Now they are saying 2016 (though I'm not sure I believe it).
Over the past year there's been total silence about progress but, yesterday, I got an email saying that the operating airline has been appointed - and it's Comair (South African). The flights will be from Johannesburg and take around 4 1/2 hours in a Boeing 737.
Not that we have any clue when it will start, nor what the schedules or fares will be, but at least it's a start.
Meanwhile preparations on the island for the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's arrival are going on apace. And I am delighted to say that, although the ship is fully booked, I do have a couple of cabins left to sell for our special tour. Check it out - the itinerary can be found on the through this link.
Then we've got what may well be our last tours on board the Royal Mail Ship (whether or not she'll be de-commissioned remains to be seen but it's excessively unlikely she'll continue to be subsided by the British Government) will be in January and March next year. We're just adding the finishing touches to those itineraries which will be on line soon. #
So hope the skies will be clear for tomorrow's eclipse. Here in Scotland we're far enough north for it to be fairly impressive but, as I don't have proper spex to look at it, I'll have to content myself with stuff on the internet. For certain we're in for a pretty dark morning. So looking forward to spring and lots of daylight and warmth.