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Tag: Ascencion Islands

  • Friday, September 21st 2018 - 09:17 UTC

    Ascension Island runway resurfacing works will go ahead, confirms MoD

    “This is a lengthy and complex process which will not see the RAF utilizing the runway at Ascension until at least 2020”

    A spokesperson for British Forces South Atlantic Islands has dismissed stories that plans to refurbish Ascension Island runway are not to go ahead. The spokesperson told Penguin News on Thursday: “The commercial process is ongoing for the runway resurfacing works at Ascension which is led by the United States.

  • Saturday, April 28th 2018 - 06:59 UTC

    St Helena airport shrugs off ‘world’s most useless’ tag

    St Helena Airport. Photo: SHG Access office.

    Andreas Spaeth (*) The airport on the remote British Overseas Territory island St Helena, once dismissed as the “world’s most useless airport” by British media, is proving to be a reliable asset.

  • Monday, October 30th 2017 - 10:45 UTC

    UK’s work on protecting the oceans has won deserved praise – now we must go further

    The review of the MPA designated within the waters surrounding South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands represents another globally significant opportunity

    By Matthew Offord MP for Hendon - UK leadership on ocean conservation has won international acclaim. The landmark “Blue Belt” policy to work with the UK Overseas Territories to “create the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world” has only furthered this standing, with commitments to create large protected areas around Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in 2019 and 2020 respectively already widely welcomed.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 09:31 UTC

    Brexit will hit Britain’s overseas territories hard – why is no one talking about it?

    The Falklands, on the other hand, look like being among the losers, according to Professor Paul Hare, Heriot-Watt University

    When the Brexit referendum result was announced last June, I was working on the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean. A collection of about 40 tropical islands, of which eight are inhabited, people there were shocked at the result. They were annoyed they hadn’t had a chance to vote, and concerned about their future.

  • Saturday, September 2nd 2017 - 12:08 UTC

    St Helena/South Africa commercial weekly flights begin this month

    Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena/Cape Town (via stopover at Windhoek International Airport, Namibia).

    The British Overseas Territory, BOT, St Helena Government and Airlink have announced that the sale of tickets for flights to St Helena Island will commence early in September 2017.Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town (via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia).

  • Friday, August 11th 2017 - 20:26 UTC

    Falklands' SAERI lead in Ascension Island tropical marine research

    Cleaner shrimp with Apolo damselfish (Picture SMSG);

    The Journal of Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (*) has this month released a special issue focussing on Ascension Island’s marine biodiversity. Falklands' based SAERI Director Dr Paul Brickle explained that 20 papers reported on the results of 202 sampling events, comprising a mixture of quantitative SCUBA surveys involving belt transects for fish and mobile fauna and quadrat photography for sessile fauna.

  • Thursday, July 6th 2017 - 19:29 UTC

    The plight of Ascension Island residents cut off from the Falklands' Airbridge

    The island, which covers around 45 square miles just south of the equator, is formed by around 40 volcanic peaks.

    Ascension Island, home to around 800 people, is even more cut off than it used to be after weekly flights linking the island to the UK were stopped - due to a dodgy runway and the wrong kind of RAF aircraft, according to a BBC report. The British overseas territory is the tip of an old volcano in the Atlantic Ocean, mid-way between Africa and Brazil. It's so remote, that when the Portuguese discovered it on Ascension Day in 1501, they didn't even bother colonizing it.

  • Friday, May 26th 2017 - 07:49 UTC

    Falklands/UK airbridge has reduced flight time with re-route via Cape Verde

    The Brize Norton/Falklands MPA Airbridge has had a bumpy ride over recent weeks with delays on north and south-bound flights

    The United Kingdom MoD (Ministry of Defense) announced on Thursday that plans were in place to trial the Falkland Islands Airbridge flight via Sal, Cape Verde, on a temporary basis which would result in a shorter overall flight time and improved passenger experience.

  • Sunday, May 14th 2017 - 00:03 UTC

    UK/Uruguay confirm Antarctic cooperation with Montevideo visit of two BAS research vessels

    Icebreaker RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Shackleton coincided in Montevideo port  at the end of the Antarctic season

    Two British scientific research vessels coincided in Montevideo in early May at the end of the Antarctic season, in their way back to Southampton. Icebreaker RRS Shackleton and RRS James Clark Ross with sophisticated scientific research equipment and tens of experts in different disciplines spent months in Antarctica and returned to Montevideo, a traditional call port the British Antarctic Survey, BAS.

  • Tuesday, April 18th 2017 - 08:43 UTC

    South Atlantic airbridge tends to normalize by rerouting to West Africa airports

    The Ascension Island runway needs urged repairs and accommodation for larger aircraft

    The Falkland Islands government has made further announcements regarding the South Atlantic Airbridge, which has been rerouted because of the temporary closure of Ascension Island runway, but now seems to be back in track to normalizing via alternative airports in West Africa. Ascenson island, in mid Atlantic, is a crucial call point for the long airbridge to the Falklands.

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