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Atlantic Ocean Islands: Aviation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th July 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect the re-routing of the South Africa Air Bridge has had on (a) medical treatment and (b) aeromedical evacuation for residents of (i) Ascension Island, (ii) St Helena and (iii) the Falkland Islands.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

Emergency medevacs are unaffected by the rerouting of the South Atlantic Airbridge. The existing runway on Ascension is still able to be used for this purpose. Cases from St Helena go direct to Cape Town and those on the Falkland Islands usually go to a country in the region.

More routine medical treatment remains possible on all the islands. For medical appointments off island those on Ascension have been able to use the Ministry of Defence tactical flights to the UK, those on St Helena travel via the Royal Mail Ship to Cape Town, and those on the Falklands continue to use the South Atlantic Airbridge.

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