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Neil Armstrong, talking about his famous moonwalk.

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On this page we aim to provide the information that private business flyers will need to fly to St Helena ‍Airport‍.

Regulations & Charges

St Helena is a Category C airport and requires prior permission before an aircraft is allowed to operate into St Helena Airport.

The airport advises:

It is imperative that the aircraft operator takes due consideration of the specific conditions particularly the reported windshear issues on RWY20 and possible use of RWY02 as the alternate.

See The St Helena airport local traffic regulations.

As at May 2016 the following charges were applicable:

And don’t forget the passenger surcharge of £100/person.

More on the Airport Website.

‘Category C’


Our airport has been designated ‘Category C’. This is basically an assessment of the risk involved in using the airfield, with ‘A’ being the least risky.

A Category ‘A’ airfield satisfies all of the following requirements:

A Category ‘B’ airfield is an airfield which does not satisfy all of the Category ‘A’ airfield requirements, or which requires extra considerations such as:

A Category ‘C’ airfield requires additional considerations to a Category ‘B’ airfield and is considered to pose certain problems for the approach and/or landing and/or take-off.

For reference, three of the Category ‘C’ airfields in Europe are London City [EGLC], Gibraltar [LXGB] and Funchal, Madeira [LPMA].


For further and/or updated information contact Gwyneth Howell, Accountable Manager & Head of Operations

Fuel Available

The fuel grades available are as follows:

According to the Fuel Manager: there is no scope (at this stage) to hold Aviation grade gasoline for spark ignition aircraft.

As at May 2016, fuel was £1 per litre.

Fuel Contact Details

If you have an enquiry regarding fuels, please see the contact details at

Other Useful Information

The ‘Pilots’ section of the Airport Website contains useful information.

Other Flying Things

Air Traffic Control Zones

Naturally, the new airport requires restrictions on what else can be flying over St Helena. The Aviation Ordinance was enacted early in 2015 and designates an Aerodrome Traffic Zone ‘ATZ’ (broadly, the approach and departure area) and a Control Zone ‘CTR’ (the immediate vicinity of the airport. The diagram (right) illustrates these.

The rules depend on what it is you intend to fly. In addition to normal aircraft (which, presumably, you will to fly into or out of the airport, so formal Air Traffic Control procedures must be observed), the restrictions also cover:

Whether wind-blown litter is covered is not clear.

The rules also prohibit shining bright lights into the sky, which have the ability to dazzle and disorientate pilots at a time when they are most busy.

You can download a summary of the regulations.

NB: In December 2019 the permissions for the ‘no fly’ zone were relaxed, allowing a drone to operate in this zone if a) the activity is for a ‘legitimate research purpose’ (not explained) and b) St Helena Airport is notified in advance.

Drone Zones Map

St Helena Airport Game

St Helena Airport Game from the Google™ Play store

In August 2016 a computer game became available on the Google™ Play store, which allowed you to land a (small) plane on St Helena Airport. We were told that the game featured a reasonably realistic portrayal of St Helena…and even incorporated Windshear!

A second airport game was launched in 2018. The new ‘X-Plane’ extension pack allowed users to fly to St Helena Airport with a variety of planes, including two (the Boeing 737-800 and Avro RJ-85) which were only available in the St Helena pack, which also featured realistic St Helena scenery including Jamestown at night. Players could tackle Windshear, which the game’s website said only excellent pilots could manage. More at


International Civil Aviation Day, on 7th December, is not marked on St Helena.

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Article: Travel Broadens the Mind

By Vince Thompson, published in the St Helena Independent 2nd October 2015 (extract){2}

Interestingly, Niall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of Enterprise St Helena, announced on Sunday that several enquiries had been made by people with private jets who want to see St Helena when the airport is operational. People with private jets are not normally asking the taxi driver at the airport to take them to an imitation fish and ship shop or a fake English pub; such people are more likely to have a good idea of what St Helena has to offer and will be keen to see more and know more about what it is that interests them about this Island. To recall the words of Ban Ki-moon once more, they are far more likely to be interested in the cultural and natural heritage of St Helena. I think the same will be true for most of the tourists who arrive on the scheduled commercial air service or charter flights.

On the other hand, people who have enough money to afford the convenience of their own private jets are also used to many other similar conveniences. Many such people will have their own businesses and will want to have daily contact with people who are running the business in their absence. They will expect to receive an email which may have a 3MB attachment in a matter of seconds. They will not flinch at having to pay 17p a minute for a local mobile phone call or almost £4 a minute for an international call on a mobile phone but they will expect to get good reception immediately from whatever part of the Island they decide to make the call. If they decide to relax in front of the TV for half an hour before dinner I cannot imagine what reaction they would have if the TV screen told them there is no signal. They may expect to make all kinds of international financial transactions at the Bank of St Helena and I can imagine there will be hell to pay if they are told something like we don’t do that here. If they want to make contact with a government official to get advice or start some sort of negotiations the negative effect of being told the person dealing with that is off-island at the moment could be not just embarrassment but expensive because of the opportunities lost.

{a} St Helena Airport

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{1} No, we have no idea where a ‘Domestic Flight’ would operate to or from!{2} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

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