The Hon Finance Minister, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his Government has been working behind the scenes for years to actualise an international airport for Dominica.
The challenges to the construction of the airport have been narrowed down to a suitable acreage of flat land and construction financing.
In his Independence Day address on the weekend, he announced that the long-awaited facility will be delivered next year.
“We have been working on this project and have hired a reputable American firm to advise on the best way and best place for sitting an international airport,” he explained, “They have advised us on an area between Woodfordhill and Wesley.”
Hon Skerrit revealed, “We have been discussing and negotiating the funding of the airport with a number of interested parties., Today, in the year of our Lord 2019, I can announce to you that the Government of the People’s Republic of China sent a special envoy to me last week to confirm that China will provide the financing to build the international airport for Dominica.”
The announcement was met with cheers and applause.
Hon Prime Minister Skerrit quoted from the Bible that one must seek and knock and he will find.
He said that the doors have been opened for Dominica to have its international airport.
“This week, we visited the site and on November 8th, they will send a team to review what we have done so far and to look at the next steps. So, my dear friends, with the solid support if the People’s Republic of China, Dominica will have its international airport and work will begin in earnest in 2020, the year of our Lord.”
In the meantime, he says, discussion is in advanced stages with several airlines to make Dominica more accessible to visitors.
Hon Skerrit reported that by February, JET Blue will help bring passengers directly from New York to Dominica.
Seaborne from November 12th will help connect international air carriers to Dominica with daily flights from Puerto Rico.
He says Seaborne will also overnight in Dominica to allow for early departures and easier connections.
Air Antilles has increased flights from four to seven days a week from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Maarten into Canefield Airport and Douglas Charles Airport, Hon Skerrit revealed.
He also announced plans to build a new container port and cruise village.