(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of its system of empowering members through timely provision of information on matters of value, the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture hosted a full-house Executive Luncheon where the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority shared its plans and vital information on the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) Redevelopment Project.
The Executive Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay.
Attendees paid close attention as they were guided through a very interesting and in-depth presentation by Daren Cenac, acting general manager of SLASPA, and Gasper George, communications manager, who together outlined the reason and need for the airport’s redevelopment.
They also set out the rationale for some of the decisions taken as far as the construction of a new terminal in a different location, the expansion of the physical facility, the increase in the number of airplane parking spaces, and more importantly, the separation of incoming and outgoing passengers.
The SLASPA team argued that the new HIA facility will be a state-of-the-art facility that synchronizes with the growing tourism industry and aligns with passenger and airline expectations.
They also pointed out that the new facility will address a number of the current constraints which the existing facility now faces. These include: the inability to accommodate sufficient wide-body aircrafts simultaneously, lack of dual taxiway, insufficient car-park space and the size of the arrival and departure terminal, and co-mingling of arriving and departing passengers.
The master plan has a 30-year horizon.
The Luncheon was also informed that construction is expected to start by June and the project has a 30-month implementation timeframe.
Chamber members also were treated to a “fly through” which simulated the experience from the arriving and departing traveler perspective.
Questions of clarification on various issues were entertained and responded to at the end of the presentation.