The opening of the £285 million airport was due in May 2016, but following safety concerns, delays and costs are mounting.
High winds on the remote island make commercial landings on the airport runways a fraught exercise. Lying some 1,150 miles off the coast of Africa, previous trips to St Helena were always limited to a sea voyage of up to five days.
With the creation of the island’s own airport, there will be an increase accessibility and hopefully an expansion in tourism.
The department for International Development (DFID) said they were spending the money to help the island become self-sufficient.
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