St. Lucia moving forward with Intl Airport development

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St. Lucia moving forward with Intl Airport development

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Saint Lucia moving forward with International Airport development
Jen Schulz
22 December 2018

The redevelopment of Saint Lucia’s international airport will get underway very soon. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Parliament of Saint Lucia voted to borrow US$100 million for the Hewanorra International Airport redevelopment project.

The plan, which is expected to be unveiled in the coming days, will include the construction of a new terminal building equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, restaurants, shops and executive lounges, and the conversion of the old terminal to accommodate fixed-based operators (FBOs).

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is excited about this development as it will provide an added incentive for airlines to open up new routes to the destination.

Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Honourable Dominic Fedee noted, “We have exhausted the current capacity of the Hewanorra International Airport, and the redevelopment project is part of our government’s broader plan to expand the island’s room stock by 50 percent in the next eight years.”

Currently, Saint Lucia has a room stock of just over 5,000 rooms spread across large and small hotels, villas, guest houses and apartments.

Acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mrs. Tiffany Howard says, “This is a welcome development and great news for the tourism industry. The SLTA continues to negotiate for more airlift into the island and having a new, modern airport to leverage with airline partners is a huge asset.”

At present, Saint Lucia welcomes close to 400,000 stayover visitors every year, with the largest number coming from the US market (45%), followed by the Caribbean (20%), the UK (18.5%) and Canada (10.5%). Tourism accounts for 65 per cent of the island’s economic activity.

Last year the government instituted a US $35 airport development charge (ADC) on each arrival to finance the US $100 million loan from the Taiwanese government. The Taiwanese are also providing much needed technical support on the project.

Construction of the new airport is slated to begin early in 2019 with the goal of having the facility fully operational by the end of 2020.

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$100 Million Saint Lucia Airport Redevelopment Moving Forward
2018/12/23

A major redevelopment of Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport is moving forward, officials said this week. The country’s parliament has voted to borrow $100 million for the project, whose plan is set to be unveiled in the coming days.

The project includes the construction of a new terminal building with state-of-the art facilities, restaurants, shops and executive lounges. The existing terminal will be converted to accommodate fixed-base operators.

“We have exhausted the current capacity of the Hewanorra International Airport, and the redevelopment project is part of our government’s broader plan to expand the island’s room stock by 50 percent in the next eight years,” said Saint Lucia Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee.

The loan is being financed by the Taiwanese government, which is also providing technical support on the project.

“This is a welcome development and great news for the tourism industry. The SLTA continues to negotiate for more airlift into the island and having a new, modern airport to leverage with airline partners is a huge asset,” said Acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Tiffany Howard.

Construction of the project is slated to begin early in 2019. The goal is to have the facility fully operational by the end of 2020.

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