Airports are now open

Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister

Hewanorra International Airport. * SLASPA photo

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has issued the “all clear” for the reopening of the George F.L. Charles Airport and Hewannorra International Airport as Tropical Storm Chantal continues on her north westward path across the Caribbean.

According to the latest advisory from the Hewanorra Meteorological Office, Tropical Storm Chantal is quickly moving away from our area and no longer poses a threat to Saint Lucia.

While weather conditions are expected to remain wet and windy through this afternoon, conditions will gradually improve as Tropical Storm Chantal exits from our area.

However, residents should not venture outdoors unless it is absolutely necessary and should exercise a great degree of caution as there may be fallen trees and power lines in some areas.

George Charles Airport

Dr. Anthony says he is eternally grateful that Saint Lucia has been spared extensive damage from the storm. The prime minister said: “Early reports suggested that we have been extremely fortunate. We have been spared the potential wrath of a very serious storm.

“I’m extremely pleased to have seen the efforts made by the National Emergency Management Organization, other essential services, the business community and citizens, to prepare for ‘the worse’ while praying for the best. I will continue to monitor the reports coming from around the island and a further statement will be issued on the status of other public facilities and businesses.”

The public is encouraged to continue to pay attention to advisories from the Meteorological Office and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

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