Plans to privatise Hewanorra International Airport discussed at aviation conference

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Plans to privatise Hewanorra International Airport discussed at aviation conference
Hewanorra International Airport.

 

Hewanorra International Airport.

AIRPORT WORLD – The proposed privatisation of St Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport was on the agenda at today’s Investing in Airports Summit in Athens.

The Government of St Lucia and operator the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) are looking for a private investor to operate and develop the gateway, which handled 690,000 passengers in 2013.

Up for grabs is a 30 year concession for an investor prepared to invest $118 million on new terminal and other key infrastructure and a further $90 million on the maintenance and repair of its existing facilities.

In an ideal world, the RFP will be put out to tender next year and the airport will get the new terminal by 2018.

SLAPSA’s general manager, Keigan Cox, told Airport World: “We are looking for private sector knowledge and know-how as well as financial investment. We believe the time is right to develop the airport to facilitate passenger growth and tourism development.”

Passenger throughout at the Caribbean gateway is predicted to reach 1.6mppa by 2044 with the bulk of international passengers coming from the US, Canada, UK and France.

The annual summit precedes the 2014 Global Airport Development (GAD) conference, which starts tomorrow.

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  1. Soon St. Lucia will be no more. Everything privatized. We all the money going. We will become slaves in our own country. Life is hard as it is already.

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  2. It is time we claim our land back and the stupidness about privatising water, you all want to pay more for water FOOLS. Where are bananas now that the SLP government privatise, now $5.00 for a hand of green fig. And to add up we will not be able to travel to see our families. That Kegan Cox fella that just come there, he better watch himself because he will not be there for long. He better don't let this government fool him. I SAY NO TO PRIVATISING OUR AIRPORT. IT IS TIME WE PUT OUR FEET DOWN AND TEACH KENNY TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS IN THE COUNTRY TO BENEFIT US AND NO HIM AND HIS BOYS.

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  3. Lord put a hand if you cannot put a hand put two feet to save St Lucia from the devil Kenny Anthony. People you all cannot see what the prime minister is doing to us. He is punishing us for voting in UWP in the last time and I know in my heart that he will be going out next time. Why the government will want to privatise our airport? He hasn't taken enough from us. Not that same government that was complaining about the airport tax? Why is he not saying anything now, look at a ticket to Barbados, the government tax that is covering up. You all know when the government privatise something the foreign investors run it how they want and we cannot say anything. They already privatise St lucians by we cannot get jobs in our own country and the amount of foreigners getting work. Kenny is doing that so he can get his big cut from it.

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  4. Privatizing an airport is totally different to that of Wasco. This is a necessary amenity and government has to place safeguards for the poor and under-privileged in the country so total privatiszation of the water company would be crazy. We need to think and understand the implications of the things we post

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    • What safeguards have government put in place for the poor and underprivileged in the country to protect them getting a basic necessity from WASCO??
      Is getting a constant source of water supply once or twice a week putting measures in place?
      Is not getting water for a whole month, and still having to pay a water bill, putting measures in place?
      Isn't that further deteriorating the living standards of all Saint Lucians, far less for the poor and underprivileged??
      You must be an employee of WASCO.

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  5. If I understand the article ...privatizing the airport whereby the investors would use their funds to refurbish renovate bring up to international standard. I take this to mean that government will not be spending our money to do so. I also recall that the government removed this particular tax from the ticket so I need someone to explain some of the above comments to me.

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  6. I am sick and tired of those sides , in opposition it wasn't a good time for the , now the economy is wort than it was ad this is what you want to do . I thank you for telling us but it ain't going to happen.

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  7. With the best investors, we will be sure to stand a better chance, because after all these years it is only nonsense taking place from the part of the government. It's time this ugly airport got a much needed upgrade.

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  8. They need to privatize WASCO and all the government departments as well and perhaps we will get a better service.

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  9. My pride and joy, isn't it funny how the UWP implemented a tax that would cover that and SLP came into power and not sure what's going on with that tax any more. Why would you want to privatize our airport, there we go again selling everything that we own. Money isn't everything, I rather we get a loan than to privatize that airport. "A doctor who treated an Ebola patient in America was on a cruise ship in Belize and the Government of Belize refused the cruise ship from docking. President Obama call the Prime Minister of Belize to let the Doctor come on the main land so he can send a private jet to pick her up and Mr Barrows said no as he has to think about his people first. So why Obama still sent the jet and Belize stopped it from landing". Every news channel in the states said who and what is little Belize to stop them from landing in the country. My point being if the airport is privatize we can't stop that from happening like Belize did because the private investor would do what's best for his interest and not the people of St Lucia.

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  10. To be honest, out of all the things to "sell off", this isn't a bad idea. Lucians need to prioritise what they want their own (little) money to be spent on. An airport is expensive to maintain so if this is off the books then good. More money can be spent on law and order education etc.

    they should do something similar with the main road around the island - toll it and use the money to go into upkeep of the roads. The added breaks for collection would also be good for police to do occasional stop and search, which would further increase safety.

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  11. Watch and see an an investor from Trinidad will come in so Kenny can get kick backs. Where your heart is their your treasure is also!

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  12. PLEEEASE PRIVATISE WASCO ALSO!!!
    Let Saint Lucians get a constant daily supply of water - one of the bare necessities of life!!
    Imagine in this day and age we still dealing with this crap????
    Enough is enough.

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  13. is the airport tax still on??? and if so how comes kenny eh move it yet cause he said it was illegal??????
    so after he collect all the illegal tax he still selling the airport.....

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    • If the UWP were in power, the renovation and modernization of that airport would have been underway without any 30 year concession to a foreign investor.
      Port Castries would have been in the works too.
      For some reason, every major development in St.Lucia, since the early 70's, has been carried out by the UWP: Pigeon Island Causeway, Rodney Bay, The Mariner, Castries/Gros islet Highway, Hess, etc., etc.

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      • Exactly. I still want to know how much money was collected in the tax, where it is, and what is going to happen to it. Give it back to everyone who paid? Or use it to build their houses? Or better yet, mysteriously appear in the "General Fund" to funnel down to their "constituency projects". Choops.

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  14. this is some really bullshit,there was a plan to build a new terminal kenny scrap it becuz of foolish pride and lying to the people that it was tax payers money funding the new terminal and they believed him.now he want to privatize.we can do it on our own people the airport development tax would have been enough to see it thru, in one yr 50mil was already collected, so do the maths. #kennymustgo

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  15. As long as the operations are regulated by government who should also have over 50% shares, I am all for it. An investor with plenty money would be preferred.

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  16. That's is de worse airport in the world l travel last week Saturday n it was raining they were workers from the various airlines handing out umbrellas n pancho the passengers (tourist) look at them like they are crazy. It should be our so called leaders traveling so they ass could get wet

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    • I sometimes wonder, If those politicians are serious about anything.

      I mean, they do travels, they see how airports are developed for comfort and accommodation.
      But somehow, when it comes to developing this on this island, it is destroyed, parked and put on a shelf due to politics.

      It's like, we seem not to be able to implement or develop anything important to help to advance this Nation.

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  17. Keegan, I do support this move.
    However, we need to get reputable investors who can buy the majority of the shares and thus develop it to bring in more traffic, thus will create jobs and the whole ambiance of what it means to "Travel" using this facility.

    The time has come for the modernization of the Hewanorra.
    It is long-overdue.

    Good Job 🙂

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  18. Great move by the government, at least the investors will carry the burden and do a Better job at it whilst we maintain a percentage share in ownership.

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  19. What happened to the millions that had already been collected in ticket taxes for this very same development???????? The Uwp plan was better and more transparent. I don't trust Kenny and SLP inc to privatise anything.

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