Ascension Island

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing an air link between St Helena and Ascension Island once the airport is completed on St Helena; and whether there have been any discussions with the government of the United States on the matter.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

This is primarily a commercial matter for airlines. Discussions are underway with the United States authorities on the logistical aspects of the potential use of Wideawake Airfield for regular domestic internal flights between St Helena and Ascension islands once the airport on St Helena is completed. The framework for such use is provided for already within the Wideawake Agreement.

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