Forget the Canary Islands, there's a new spot for your Atlantic Ocean holiday. Yesterday, the first airport on the tiny British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena officially opened.
Though South African airline Comair will not begin scheduled passenger service from Johannesburg for several weeks, one of the airline's specially-equipped Boeing 737s made a test flight to the island earlier this week. Other potential passenger routes could stretch to London Gatwick and Cape Town.
Located 1,210 miles (1,950 kilometres) west of Africa in the South Atlantic Ocean, Saint Helena and its population of fewer than 5,000 people was accessible only by the occasional ship from South Africa, a passage that involved several days. French political leader Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island in 1815 and died there in 1821.