“We are bursting at our seams,” Acting General Manager of the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority, Daren Cenac, says of Hewanorra International Airport.
“We are already seeing, for those of us who have been travelling, the congestion is very evident,” he told St Lucia Times.
“We don’t have apron space to park aircraft,” Cenac disclosed.
“You hear the complaints of persons who have to circulate in our air space for thirty to forty minutes, because you have no physical space to park aircraft,” the SLASPA official explained.
The Saint Lucia government has officially broken ground for the commencement of the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project.
It is the largest infrastructural project undertaken by the government and SLASPA which seeks to provide a world class airport facility that will become the standard for the region.
Cenac said the project has a 30 month construction period.
“The master plan for this airport is a 30 year cycle. So when you design for an airport redevelopment, you have to look at a trajectory whether it is 25 years, 30 years whatever,” he noted.
Cenac spoke as a SLASPA stakeholder engagement with members of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce got underway Tuesday evening, to discuss the airport redevelopment.
He told St Lucia Times that the aim of the event was to ensure a better understanding of the project.
“The perception is that it is only a terminal building,” Cenac observed.
But he stated that an airport redevelopment has many facets.
Cenac made it clear that it is a national and not a SLASPA project.