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Tuesday,  November 3, 2009 –  Government has announced plans to construct a new terminal with all modern amenities at the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux-Fort.


The disclosure was made by Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson King, at a brief ceremony Sunday night to welcome the Germany based Condor Airways back to Saint Lucia, after a five year absence.


Prime Minister King says the development of a new terminal at Hewanorra, is designed to accommodate increased airlift and to brig the airport up to speed with international trends and standards.


“We are now at the stage where we are about to conclude negotiations for the construction of the new terminal that would provide expanded services and modern airport facilities to accommodate the volume of traffic here at the Hewanorra International Airport. We have done nothing at this facility over the last ten to fifteen years and I believe the increased volume of traffic requires the sort of expansion that we are looking at.”


Communications and Works Minister Honourable Guy Joseph says it is government's intention to begin construction on the new terminal in January, 2010.


He says the project which is projected to take about two years will place the Hewanorra International Airport on par with other world-class facilities in the developed world.


“It has been two years now since we began working on plans for this new terminal at the Hewanorra International Airport and we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. It seems likely that the project is going to come through as we anticipated;  we are looking to begin construction as early as January, next year.”


Minister Joseph says with an expected increase in airlift to Saint Lucia, the new terminal and airport facilities will ensure that the island can accommodate the additional airlift, while providing quality services to passengers.

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