2019 Report details for project: St Helena Airport

Project name: St Helena Airport - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFID (D8) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The project aims to establish sustainable air services to St Helena to promote economic development and increased financial self-sufficiency, leading eventually to graduation from UK Government support. This will be done through the construction of an airport and the introduction of scheduled air services. The project will put in place the necessary legal, regulatory and monitoring framework, and includes a series of reforms to be implemented by the St Helena Government to open up the island to inward investment and increased tourism.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: During the period July to September the St Helena air service continued to deliver reliable air access to the island with the air service carrying 1,892 passengers on 40 flights. On 3 occasions inward flights were delayed, due to adverse weather (persistent fog and low cloud on two occasions, and wind conditions once). The parent company of the airport operator remains in Business Rescue - the South African legal process to facilitate the rehabilitation of a company that is financially distressed. The airport remains open and continues to operate normally. St Helena Government and DFID are exploring all options to safeguard the future of the airport and the air service.
Start date: 2005-03-15
End date: 2026-08-31
Schedule text: The construction of the airport was completed on schedule with the airport receiving certification during May 2016. The St Helena air service has made a strong start since commencing on 14 October 2017. The service operates on a commercial basis with tickets sold on the global distribution system. The air service has exceeded initial operational and commercial expectations and is on course to make a small profit in its first year. However, aspects of the associated infrastructure are not yet complete.
Baseline: £4.00m
Forecast: £4.64m
Variance: 16.00%
Variance text: The project has continued to incur capital costs to complete key aspects of the associated infrastructure including the Bulk Fuel Installation. The project costs remain within the approved budget.
Whole Life Cost: £445.10m
WLCost text: The whole life costs cover the 40-year design life of the airport. The costs are attributable to both the UK Government and St Helena Government; with UK Government commitment due to cease in 2026 after 10 years of airport operations. Areas of expenditure included when calculating the whole-life cost are: planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, asset renewal and/or disposal. As the project is forecasting so far into the future (2046) there are high levels of uncertainty pertaining to some of the costs.
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