Hewanorra International Airport ‘Bursting At the Seams’

“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.

Members of Chamber in attendance

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.

 

 

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Isn’t that an issue of bad scheduling? For most of the day the airport is a ghost town with most action happening in a 6 hour slot.

    • This decision has nothing to do with SLASPA or St Lucia. It’s the airline’s. However, closing Vigie Airport or GC can make it more active throughout the day.

  2. Well anonymous no airline is looking for slots when your apron is empty but rather times and roots that will allow for proper flight connections and profits. The airport terminal is too small and also the apron. We also don’t have a taxi way that can reduce circling in the air. SLASPA does not create flight schedules.

  3. It’s a business decision to cut costs. It saves me more to circle around for 30mins than to fly in at an “odd” time. You think I care about passenger comfort on the ground? That’s your problem. lol I’m gonna make their money worth it in the sky. I’m gonna keep coming at your 6 hour international airport at your advertised active/open period.

  4. think I care about passenger comfort on the ground? That’s your problem. lol I’m gonna make their money worth it in the sky. I’m gonna keep coming at your 6 hour international airport at your advertised active/open period.

  5. It’s a business decision to cut costs. It saves me more to circle around for 30mins than to fly in at an “odd” time. You think I care about passenger comfort on the ground? That’s your problem. lol I’m gonna make their money worth it in the sky. I’m gonna keep coming at your 6 hour international airport at your advertised active/open period.

  6. Glad to hear they are going to extend the airport. The growth of business would have indicated the plan years ago.
    St Lucia is a nice place but please let us have a nice airport. Business is growing for Tourism in the Caribbean, so let us be ready.

    Passenger.

  7. Doesn’t Guy Joseph has the money to renovate the airport. Maybe Fresh Start bis busy with other projects, so we must hold on. Guy will give us the best. He has a huge reputation of……..

  8. Make the airport large enough so that the antonov 225 can land safely . I will soon be making business with Russia where good will be coming in to St Lucia via aircraft.

  9. So why won’t we open and operate all day and not half day? It’s all about not planning ahead and planning now for now. I say if we are getting ready to build a new terminal and to operate it for only 6 hours a day then we may as well continue with the old version. Secondly, we have two runways, the one that we are using currently and then the Caca-beff, so why can’t we join the two and develop a taxi way? I may have to charge you guys for my free consulting soon because we just don’t think.

    The more things change the more……

  10. This is a repeat of Sir John’s words, when he twice redeveloped this air port; Hope this time it will reach international standards. Saint Lucia need to get it’s own private jet for the PM too!

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