|Quoting MD80Nut (Reply 46):|
I'm also fascinated by remote locations like St. Helena. Since the place has no beaches to attract traditional tourism, I figure any tourism will be more "eco-tourism" than anything else. Or people who really, really want to get away from it all. With only one weekly 737-800 flight, the island is less likely to be overrun with tourists and locals get quicker access to the outside world.
Or amateur radio enthusiasts. Having said that, having an airport will actually make St Helena less attractive to them.
I have a colleague who is a ham radio geek. He has been to both Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, which is administratively part of St Helena and Ascension, but is one of the most remote islands in the world. The trip to Ascension was on an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, whereas the trip to Tristan involved a commercial flight from LHR
, and then a 10 day sea voyage on a freighter. A long way to go.
Speaking of Tristan da Cunha, I wonder if they'd get more visits from an RMS St Helena replacement than they had been previously. I know RMS St Helena used to visit there semi regularly, but had only done so rarely in the past few years.
[Edited 2016-04-06 13:08:12]