St Lucia prepares for Hewanorra International Airport expansion

St Lucia prepares for Hewanorra International Airport expansion

The Hewanorra International Airport is poised for a significant upgrade.

Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee says the government is preparing for an expansion of the international airport at Vieux Fort.

Fedee made the disclosure at the 5th annual St Lucia showcase – North America currently taking place at Sandals Grande St Lucia Beach Resort and Spa.

He said financing for the project has already been secured and the government was now in the planning phase; reviewing designs to ensure the best expansion plans for the airport.

“We realize that the capacity at the airport at peak times has been a chronic problem for St Lucia but this has been a lot of talk and so we have decided now that we have got to do well as it pertains to the implementation of this particular policy so that we can see a better airport facility,” Fedee stated.

The Tourism Minister said the expanded airport must be accompanied by an improved highway from the south of the island. He said the government wants to reduce the travel time between the North and the south of the island.

“This as well has been a longstanding policy discussion and we are hoping that we can see quicker and faster implementation as it pertains to that much needed infrastructure where we can avoid some of the hills and slopes and get your customers to the product up in the north in quicker, faster and a more comfortable ride.”

Fedee also announced that the government intends to spend an additional USD$15 million dollars to improve St Lucia’s tourism product to better facilitate visitors coming to the island from the Caribbean.

He said the initiative would examine the high taxes for inter-regional travel and the lack of infrastructure for ferry services, among other things.

“It aims to facilitate the better ease of the movement of people across these countries (Grenada, St Vincent, and Martinique). It aims to lay down the infrastructure for the ferry service. It aims to add better infrastructure and aesthetically improve some the local sites and attractions,” Fedee said.

The Minister stated that the aims of the initiative is to create new experiences for visitors and to better leverage the rich cultural asset of St Lucia.

He said the idea was to showcase St Lucia as being more than just a beach destination.

North American tour operators who sell St Lucia to prospective tourists have been meeting here as guests of the St Lucia Tourist Board.

The Saint Lucia Showcase – North America allows for networking and building business relationships between local hotels and other tourism partners.

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27 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Whatever the budget and Plan make sure a rigorous plan is there to generate revenue to pay off the debt that we will incur as a result within 5 years.

    And I don’t mean making St Lucia an expensive destination for tourist through taxes.

    Finds a way to market St Lucia so that once someone think of or google vacation we come up and use the media platforms wisely

    MORE online presence

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply

      Who uses it should pay for it.

    2. Anonymous
      July 31, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply

      There is no plan, it’s just rum talk all over again.

  2. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm Reply

    The funny thing about this airport is that it is busy for 4 or 5 hours out of the day. Then totally dead outside of that time. Why pay so much for such a small window. Why not spread out the flights.

    1. JR the tourist
      July 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply

      You’re correct about the 4 to 5 hour busy time period. It’s usually late morning, early afternoon. That’s because it gives arrivals enough time to taxi to the resorts for check-in times. If the hotels would allow variable check-ins, then plane arrivals could be like wise staggered.

  3. Anon
    July 26, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    All of that talk about airport expansion and a highway to speed up the travel time from the north to the south of the island has been going on for years and years. Governments (both UWP and SLP) have come and gone and come back again; and up to now – nothing. Dominic, stop insulting people’s intelligence with your vague useless announcements, and come back when you’re ready to start some real work on these projects.

  4. 666
    July 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Show results!

    1. Anonymous
      July 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

      Fedee. go and work as a waiter at sandals or go back to Guyana

  5. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply

    This is way overdue bout time new government better progress.

  6. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply

    No more promises for the far distant future – PLEASE!
    Come back only when you have exact facts, for example, specific dates (start and finish), architectural plans, all the exact costs, and total picture clearly outlined.

  7. 100 % born Lucian
    July 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm Reply

    After all that is said n done more is usually said than done. Action speak louder than words.

  8. Lucian in misery
    July 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Who’s getting the contract ?

    1. Owen Ambrose
      July 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply

      I know who should be getting the contract but probably won’t! Owen’s construction Ltd.

  9. Box Head
    July 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Mr fedee i would really like to hear that speech with my own ears outside of that fancy lunch and dinner gathering.cause is just BS* coming out your mouth if you ask me.

  10. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    aLL TALK NO ACTION

  11. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm Reply

    allan will make st .lucia great again

  12. Anon
    July 27, 2017 at 12:58 am Reply

    Just like the Trump is making the US great again LOL!!

  13. Wendel
    July 27, 2017 at 2:21 am Reply

    This Airport looks like a shopping centre. Lets hope the government have something better in mind . Its such a shame when u invite someone over and they see this tiny airport.

    1. Anonymous
      July 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply

      I hope you are willing to pay more taxes for your friends that you invite to see a larger airport

      1. JR the sweaty tourist
        July 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply

        I don’t care if it’s a smaller airport! As long as 90% is designed around nothing but speeding up the immigration counter. Arriving and standing in line sweating sucks big mango’s! Tourists complain all the time that lineups are crap!

  14. Sal
    July 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

    I think the hospital should come first with all these construction coming to vieu Fort

  15. UWP Supporter
    July 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Stop cooking the people with lies, Fake Government and Prime Minister of St. Lucia 🇱🇨

  16. UWP Supporter
    July 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Fooling

  17. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm Reply

    when we arrive in the airport we are there for a very short time and yes there are things that can be improved to get us out quicker and not having to walk across the tarmac to get onto or off the plane especially if it is raining. Customer Service training in greeting with a smile and treating everyone with the same respect would go a very long way as we are all boosting the economy and will return to spend our hard earned money. If its not welcoming when you arrive you can spend all the money you want its wasted money.

  18. George
    July 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm Reply

    I will never forget that day when i was viciously searched for drugs by a black female Police Officer in the present of White people heading to England,on this particular St.Lucian airport.I never had a history of smuggling drugs in the country.You female black police officer.One day,i might be helping you raising money for a medical procedure overseas.

  19. Anonymous
    July 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Kudos to Tropical Trump!!!

  20. Anonymous
    August 2, 2017 at 7:35 am Reply

    I work at this airport, it’s now 8 years an I have seen no plan by any of these so called governments to fix,rebuild or build anew this airport . JustiJust imagine you standing at this place when it rains

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