THE Government of Saint Lucia has granted the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) the authorization to recommence the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project.
With an astute focus on fiscal prudence and the holistic development of the nation, the decision to temporarily halt the construction of the Hewanorra International Airport in 2021 was an essential step.
According to a SLASPA spokesperson, driven by a dedication to responsible fiscal management, the Government of Saint Lucia recognized the need to identify fiscal space to ensure Saint Lucia’s economic growth.
For SLASPA, this pause also provided a unique opportunity for a comprehensive review of the project’s scope, financial dynamics, and alignment with the long-term vision for the island, and government priorities. The need for this review was deemed paramount given the financial pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, rising costs in construction materials, particularly steel, and the unrest between Ukraine and Russia.
The Government of Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the Port Council, SLASPA Management, and experts from the Aviation Industry, was involved in extensive consultations to ensure the project’s viability and alignment with the nation’s developmental goals. After months of collaborative efforts, it has been determined that the project is primed to move forward, with the first phase of redevelopment set to commence in the coming months.
The initial phase of this renewed endeavour entails the construction of the state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) which commenced construction in the first quarter of this year. With dedicated efforts and careful planning, the ATCT project is scheduled to reach completion by the first half of 2024.
This milestone will mark a significant step forward in the modernization and enhancement of navigation infrastructure, which will undoubtedly contribute to improved air travel.
SLASPA is committed to open communication throughout the project. Regular updates on the project’s progress, milestones achieved, and any important developments will be provided to the public and stakeholders.
SLASPA acknowledges the importance of this project in bolstering Saint Lucia’s position as a hub for international travel and trade and remains dedicated to ensuring the successful execution of this ambitious redevelopment. The recommencement of the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project underscores the government’s dedication to fostering growth, progress, and enhanced infrastructure for the benefit of both citizens and visitors to Saint Lucia.