Hmmmm, just a thought but could the word 'commercial' be the problem here?
Just thinking out loud, but to me, the word commercial would indicate anything that costs money but that doesn't necessarily mean passenger flights, does it?
Could they be opening the runways and the airport for shipping purposes only? Lord knows, there's a need for goods to come to the island quickly and that would not require the man-power or facilities that passenger flights in and out might require.
"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat