Prince Edward, the Queen’s third son, is to perform the official opening ceremony for St Helena Airport – as long as safety inspectors have given clearance for it to become operational.
From St Helena Government:
The historic opening of St Helena Airport is planned for the morning of Saturday 21 May 2016 – St Helena’s National Day. It will be marked by a public ceremony at the Airport site, with royal guest HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in attendance.
All members of the public will be invited to attend this special event, ahead of the traditional St Helena’s Day entertainments in Jamestown.
As is usual, New Horizons will be organising the traditional programme of events for St Helena’s Day. But this year, this will be preceded by the official opening of St Helena Airport at the aerodrome organised by SHG, Enterprise St Helena, New Horizons and Basil Read – subject, of course, to prior certification of the airport.
Preparations for the opening ceremony are ongoing and further details will follow in due course.