St Helena islanders want compensation over unusable new £285m airport
Isolated UK outpost in South Atlantic expected to attract tourists but runway is deemed too windy to land planes on
It was due to herald the end of St Helena’s status as Britain’s most marooned but populated island outpost, but instead the airport has become a runway to nowhere, on course to take off as the government’s biggest overseas aid fiasco.
The airport cost £285m to build and was due to open on 21 May, intended to boost the economy of the British overseas territory. Instead the opening has been delayed indefinitely after it was discovered that the wind shear was so severe that commercial planes cannot land, leaving the isolated South Atlantic island without a clear economic future and the taxpayer facing a multi-million pound bill.
Source: Guardian Transport