Renovation Works Commences at Douglas-Charles Airport
On November 28th, 2015, a new contract was signed for renovation works at the Country’s main airport.
Tropical Storm Erika, which wreaked havoc across the island, had debilitating impact on the airports infrastructure including the night lading facilities at the airport.
Hon. Minister for Public Works, Ian Pinard revealed at an interview earlier this month, that reconstruction works would be completed within a period of six months.
“Following an assessment of the damage, the necessary design works were expedited for the rehabilitation of the airport. The proposed works were packaged in two phases; with phase one totaling over 31million dollars.
“[This will include], repairs to the western end of runway, to the access road and retaining walls, repairs and resurfacing to the apron and taxiways, restoration to the runway shoulders, runway drainage and the damaged road leading to Wesley.”
He added that damage to the facility itself by TS Erika cost over 11 million dollars.
“The airport terminal building together with support services, building content and equipment was devastated beyond repair.
“A summary of the destroyed equipment included the closed circuit TV system, security access control equipment, air-conditioning equipment, building furnishing, air traffic control, navigational aid and meteorological equipment, dual view x-ray machines, inspection equipment for hand luggage. The value of damaged items listed was estimated at 11 million dollars.”
Meantime, Hon. Minister for National Security, Rayburn Blackmoore is looking ahead to the re-establishment of night landing services.
He confirmed this in his address to Parliament last Friday, November 27th.
“We have already proceeded to make the first down payment on the lights for the airport and in due time it will be in Dominica.
“Also, we are getting assistance from the Government of Trinidad [in this regard]. I was in Trinidad and spoke with the Minister for National Security.”
Since the storm, no flights have been able to land after dark.