The first scheduled has landed on the island of St Helena in the of the South Atlantic. The flight touched down at Saint Helena Airport on Saturday with 68 on board. One passenger, a British travel , had flown from Scotland to be on the flight. She said: "I've never felt so in all my life. I never thought I'd see this ." This first flight marks a new for the island, which is 1,900 km west of Africa. Previously, the only of getting there was by a ship that sailed every three weeks from Cape Town, South Africa.
The airport will boost the island's and tourism. However, the British said it was "the most airport in the ". It was built with $380m of British taxpayers' - $80,000 for every person on the . It was due to open in 2016, but dangerous winds delayed the . Saint Helena's Governor, Lisa Phillips, dismissed the criticism from the British . She said: "For St Helena, this has already been the most useful airport. It's ." She added: "I for one am getting really excited about the new chapter in St Helena's ."