Gap Fill - Airports - Level 6


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The first commercial airplane has landed on the British island of St Helena in the of the South Atlantic. The SA AirLink service from South Africa touched down at Saint Helena Airport on Saturday with 68 on board. One , Libby Weir-Breen, a British travel operator, had flown from Scotland to be on the flight. She said: "I've never felt so emotional in all my . I never thought I'd see this ." The inaugural flight marks a new era of accessibility for the island, which is 1,900 km west of the African of Angola. Previously, the only of getting to Saint Helena was by a ship that sailed once every three weeks from Cape Town, South Africa.

Despite the positive and economic effects the airport will have for the island and its , the British media have dubbed it as "the most airport in the world". The airport was built with $380m of British taxpayers' . That's $80,000 for each of the island's . It was beset with delays and was due to open in 2016, but dangerous wind delayed the . The Governor of Saint Helena, Lisa Phillips, dismissed the . She said: "I've seen the headlines about the world's most useless airport, but for St Helena, this has already been the most useful airport. It's priceless." She added: "I for one am getting really about the new chapter in St Helena's ."

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