Dominica's main airport reopens after tropical storm

Dominica's main airport reopens after tropical storm

The main airport on Dominica has reopened after Tropical Storm Erika ravaged the island last month.

Airport authorities have been working to restore essential services to the badly damaged terminal building at Douglas-Charles Airport so that LIAT, Seaborne Airlines and Winair can re-establish their schedules.

The airlines have made several test landings since receiving the go-ahead.

Colin Piper, director of tourism at the Discover Dominica Authority, said: “We continue to see daily progress in the tourism sector.

“Fans of the Nature Island will be pleased to know that most of their favourite locations and activities are operational and ready for their next visit.”

LIAT has resumed flights to Douglas-Charles from Antigua, Barbados and Guadeloupe.

Seaborne Airlines will resume flights between Douglas-Charles and San Juan tomorrow.

Winair, which established Twin Otter service after Tropical Storm Erika, will continue that service into Dominica's Canefield Airport until October 25 and on October 3 will resume two flights per week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Guadeloupe and St. Maarten to Douglas-Charles.

The airline is expected to resume its normal schedule of up to four flights weekly to Douglas-Charles in November.

Caribbean Helicopters is providing daily fixed-wing service on a six-seater aircraft between Antigua and Canefield up to three times daily and Hummingbird Air offers charters to Canefield from St. Maarten, St. Thomas and St. Croix.

L’ Express Des lles ferry service, which brings passengers from the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia is currently running and all of the island’s sea ports are open.

Most of the island’s hotels, resorts, tour operators and dive shops are open but visitors are encouraged to check directly with their accommodation regarding the status of their properties and the surrounding infrastructure.

Some hotels and tour operators are beginning their annual September/October closure.

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