St Helena airport? It blows

Did you hear the one about the airport where planes can’t land? Well, that’s exactly the case in St Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. Some £285 million has been spent by the UK government to build an airport on the island, which has now been deemed too windy to land an aeroplane. 

Despite repeated warnings from the Met Office, the UK government pressed ahead with the project in conjunction with the St Helena government. 

Residents of the 4,000-strong island are now demanding compensation; the local government is washing its hands of the affair. News that the British government has made a mess of an airport project come as little surprise to those at Heathrow and Gatwick airports…