Saturday 19 January, 2019

SLASPA welcomes Hewanorra Airport redevelopment funding

The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) welcomes the announcement of the loan guarantee by the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) for the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.

Mr. Daren Cenac, Acting General Manager for SLASPA states “We welcome the announcement of the loan guarantee by the Minister for Finance, Hon Allen Chastanet towards the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport. For almost a decade, SLASPA has faced challenges to operate this facility within prescribed industry standards and the inadequacies of the current facility put a strain on the airport community and by extension the quality of customer experience.”

Mr. Cenac added, ‘I would also like to acknowledge the continued support of Hon Stephenson King, Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy & Labour Relations and the SLASPA Ports Council for championing our appeal to the government for this overdue upgrade. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Government, regional and local entities and our local aviation partners and stakeholders in continuing the support for the Airport’s growth and development plans.” In this regard, the Authority will undertake frequent announcements, stakeholder meetings and provide updates throughout the life of the project.’

SLASPA for more than 35 years has proudly contributed to Saint Lucia’s social and economic development through the safe, efficient operations of both air and sea-borne traffic and related services in Saint Lucia. It is noteworthy that apart from improving the structure of the present terminal, the upgrade is critical in satisfying the evolving safety regulations and protocols, which govern aviation and airport operations.

The management and staff of SLASPA are eager to see the development of this pioneering development project, the largest to date, on the heels of successfully and efficiently completing a USD$18M berth expansion at Point Seraphine which now allows for the berthing of mega cruise vessels. Capitalizing on its human resource expertise and credible track record, SLASPA is excited, confident and look forward towards delivering this project to the people of Saint Lucia.

For more information on the Hewanorra Airport Redevelopment Project please email: communications@slaspa.com or visit www.hiaproject.com

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