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Commercial flights this week, says gov’t

The Terrence B Lettsome Airport, at long last, will reopen for commercial flights this week.

Minister of Communication and Works, Mark Vanterpool, gave the announcement during a town-hall radio broadcast yesterday.

“The airport on the commercial side should be opening later this week as they are dealing with an issue of security on the fencing.”

“I know the Puerto Rico connection is a little bit difficult now because their airport is affected. But, certainly, [flights will arrive and depart the territory] from Antigua and Barbados and other countries around,”  said Vanterpool.

There have been promises to have the airport reopen before now. However, minister with responsibility for the airport, Dr Kedrick Pickering, said those promises were not met because of setbacks from Hurricane Maria, which is the second Category 5 storm to hit the territory this month.

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