St Helena: Airport

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made towards building an airport for St Helena.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

On 3 November 2011 the St Helena Government signed a contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd of South Africa for the design, construction and operation of an airport on St Helena.

Work on constructing an airport on St. Helena is proceeding on schedule. The contractor has established offices in Longwood and has cleared and prepared lay-down areas in Rupert's Valley. The contractor has started construction of a temporary wharf in Rupert's Bay to facilitate the delivery of equipment and materials for the main works.

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