British Overseas Territory of St Helena, an island in the middle of the south Atlantic, celebrated on Wednesday 3 May 2017, when a charter plane carrying 60 passengers landed at St Helena Airport at 1.55pm, helping to reestablish links with South Africa. Another good piece of news was that RMS St Helena, the regular connection with St Helena is scheduled to depart Cape Town on Friday.
Britain faces the prospect of compensation claims over a disastrous overseas aid project to build an airport on the remote island of St Helena, according to reports in the UK media. The £285million flop became a symbol of Britain’s aid waste this year after experts warned it might never open because of severe problems with wind conditions on the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.
St Helena governor Lisa Phillips has rejected recent news in the British media referred to the BOT's airport alleged indefinite postponement condition, arguing the terminal has been certified and is open, as demonstrated by a recent medivac flight a week ago.
2016 St Helena’s Day celebrations were this year held on Friday 20 May 2016, and were reckoned by all to be a great success. Once again organized by New Horizons and held in lower Jamestown, traditional activities and stalls were arranged in both the Mule Yard and along the Seafront area.
Lisa Phillips is to succeed Mark Capes as Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in April 2016.