Castries, Saint Lucia: 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.
For more information on the Hewanorra Airport Redevelopment Project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hiaproject.com
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is the organization responsible for the island's ports of entry. SLASPA handles over 700,000 annual tons of sea and air cargo, facilitates more than 840,000 airline travelers, an average of 600,000 cruise passengers, 60,000 ferry passengers, over 54,000 yacht passengers, over 34,000 aircraft movements and berths over 1,000 vessels.