Comair had signed a code-sharing agreement with Qatar Airways which will increase their routes in Africa. CEO of Comair Erik Venter says it will increase flow of passengers between the airlines.
Its a great opportunity to feed local traffic to Qatar airlines and for them to do that for Comair— Erik Venter, CEO Comair
Its not a commercially viable route, says Venter, but it has a substantial subsidy from Britain and Comair sees it as a worthwhile venture.
The aircraft will only be flying there once a week so if you want a long holiday away from your cell phone and email - reception on St Helena is not that great as you can imagine - and you can only come back the following week— Erik Venter, CEO Comair
On a more serious note, Venter says, the diving and fishing on St Helena are excellent. And the island which is 5 percent of Mauritius, has only 80 accommodation beds. It is a genuine mid Atlantic volcanic island and famously the place Napoleon Bonaparte was sent into exile - something that should excite history buffs.
Comair will be the only commercial airline in the world flying passengers to the island
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