UPDATE: Airlink strike called off after, inaugural flight to St Helena a success

2017-10-16 06:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Strike action by Airlink cabin crew has been called off for Monday, after making its first flight to St Helena on Saturday.

After announcing a possible strike action regarding pay increase negotiations, Airlink advised on Sunday that the strike has been called off and that all its scheduled flights for Monday will operate as normal.

SEE: Airlink's first flight to St Helena marred by potential strike action

A new remuneration agreement was reached with SAWATU before the strike could commence.

On Saturday Airlink commenced its first flight St Helena, a isolated island where it usually took a couple of days to get to by boat.

It's mostly known as the island where Napoleon Bonaparte was banished into exile.

The first commercial flight from Johannesburg to the rocky island landed on Saturday, with journalists, St Helena residents and South African tour operators. 

Speaking about the flight, Governor Lisa Phillips, said, "For St Helena, today is the start of a bright new future. We are determined to make sure that air services work to benefit all St Helenians and bring about a higher standard of living for those on the Island."

"We are open for business and investment and we know tourists will marvel at the beauty of the Island. We are happy to welcome our visitors to the ‘secret of the South Atlantic’.”

Airlink will also operate a monthly charter service between St Helena and Ascension Island. This service will commence with the first flight from St Helena on Saturday, 18 November 2017, and returning on Sunday, 19 November. Thereafter the flight will take place on the second weekend of every month.

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