Construction is underway for the new Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.
The US $175 million project encompasses upgrades to the airfield with an expanded parking apron, brand new air traffic control tower, a two-storey terminal building measuring more than 337,000 sq. ft. and an extensive carpark and road network system.
Saint Lucia Air and Sea Port Authority acting General Manager, Daren Cenac expressed his elation with the commencement of this project. “This potentially is a once in a generation project and today marks the start to an exciting new journey for SLASPA and Saint Lucia. It’s been spoken about for nearly one decade, and now it’s finally happening – HIA is Ready for Take Off.”
Last month, the Development Control Authority (DCA) gave the approval for earthmovers to roll into position and begin the important task of preparing the site. These initial earthworks to be completed within 3 months, will prepare the area for construction.
The Taiwan based construction company – Oversees Engineering and Construction Company (OECC) anticipates that a workforce of around 50 people will carry out the initial earthworks. Over the course of the airport construction project, close to 700 jobs are expected to be created, with a target of more than 70 percent coming from Saint Lucia.
The new HIA is due for completion towards the end of 2021 and proposes a masterplan developed with a 30- year lifespan. It will be a full-service airport with international, domestic and regional flights; an augmented cargo facility, opening limitless possibilities for trade and commerce.