Life on one of the world's most remote islands

19 Jan, 2010 | SnippetsTdp

Often there can be weeks between sailings [of the RMS St Helena, the only ship to visit the island], and when the ship is being serviced, none at all.

The average salary on the island is just £70 a week and one in four so-called Saints have moved away in the last 10 years to seek better-paid employment overseas.

St Helena currently costs the UK about £20m each year to administer and while the airport would cost £300m, it was hoped that it would enable the island to become sustainable.