Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hewanorra International Airport Project – Ready for Take Off

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Press Release:-  On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Saint Lucia Airport and Sea Ports Authority officially launched its Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project at a Sod Turning Ceremony in Vieux Fort.

Present at the ceremony held at the grounds of the proposed airport site were government officials, the Port Council and SLASPA management and staff, private sector represented by the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and the airport community.

The Authority formally introduced the project masterplan estimated at US$175 million dollars, which will significantly improve airside and airfield operations to include a new air traffic control tower (elevating over 100ft), five new parking aprons with connecting air bridges to a 337,000sq ft. terminal building and new road infrastructure and traffic management system.

Addressing the gathering the Acting General Manager of SLASPA, Mr. Daren Cenac explained, “This project will address the technical and physical infrastructure challenges that currently exist as well as improve the customer experience for anyone entering and leaving our beautiful country. The HIA Redevelopment project proposes a masterplan developed with a 30-year lifespan that will complement the trajectory of the global travel and tourism industry, as well as our national economic outlook.”

The masterplan will reinforce the need for a modern facility to comply with international aviation regulations, with the passenger in mind, creating value, reducing processing times and providing comfort throughout the journey.

“Among other vital considerations, the potential of Saint Lucia’s economic growth and development hinge fundamentally on an international airport. We are not going to bring old habits to a new village. We have to completely modernize our services at the airport to meet with our largest industry.” Said Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is financing the very important redevelopment project that will change how we dialogue with the rest of the world.

“It is my honor and pleasure to join in presiding over the HIA Redevelopment Project sponsored by Taiwan. We can anticipate in the future, every aircraft that touches down and takes off from this airport will symbolize the diplomatic ties between the two countries and we believe that the completion of this project is going to boost the economy of Saint Lucia.” Said President of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Honourable Su Jai-Chyuan.

Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy, and Labour, Honourable Stephenson King expressed sentiments stating that “Through the transformation of the blueprint into a masterpiece, government envisions this project as an ideal one for the town of Vieux Fort, its neighbouring districts, communities and the wider Saint Lucia. With this redevelopment, Saint Lucians will have an opportunity to work on a world-class project, enabling them to utilize their skills and apply their trades. It is my hope that they will be receptive to learning and acquiring new techniques”.

The project will commence in the weeks ahead with a projected timeline of 30 months to complete. The Authority will continue working with relevant contractors to deliver a state of the art facility.

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  1. I hope this money will not be under the supervision of Guy Joseph. I hope it’s not his FFF who will be incharge of anything there. We know his reputation with airport scandal already.
    We have to watch the cat and the butter.

  2. The picture says it all – a group of people just enjoying themselves. Check Fedee behave like a little boy as his stature and mentality suggest. Fun all the way while generations to come will pay for the party. Of course one understands why Guy would look so happy – a Fresh Start. Hope the FBI does not have to come here.

  3. Jack ass idiots lazy bastards go get something to do.instead of talking shate it’s a project that will benefit the people who going to work in it . you’ll have nothing to show but use the midier to write shate idiots

  4. The proyect is a great proyect,and much needed.But Im trembling,how many millions of cost overrun will we end paying,and how are they going to waste the money,? The boys allready opening bank acounts overseas.Wow all that cake.

  5. These gangsters found the way to fill their pockets,the price we are going to pay for that airport,will hurt us for years.Hope we remember on election day,were to put our vote,or stay at home and watch TV

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