Night flights are soon expected to make a return to the Auguste George International Airport on Anegada.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement while delivering a statement in the House of Assembly last Thursday.
He stated: “Night flights are still not allowed into the Auguste George International Airport in Anegada. But we expect to lift this restriction in the very near future, further opening up the potential for economic opportunities on the sister island.”
“The roadmap for resumption of these flights has been developed and the required improvements have been identified or procured but are not yet in place,” he added.
Premier Fahie listed a checklist of items which are needed at the airport to ensure the ban is lifted. This list includes a backup generator, additional runway lights, an airport beacon; and staff training in night operations.
He said that due to the delay of the arrival of the runway lights which are being imported from Belgium, the airport will not be fully completed until April this year.
Many opportunities to be made available
This initiative according, to Premier Fahie, is expected to significantly increase airlift opportunities to Anegada along with many other economic possibilities.
“[It will] increase connectivity to the sister island, facilitating increased volume of visitor arrivals and this will benefit the hotels, earning opportunities for taxi drivers and tour guides, and create additional jobs due to increased demand for services in Anegada,” he stated.
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