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Airport opens October 10th/Flights on the Way! #145502
10/04/2017 09:49 AM
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Airport re-opens on October 10
Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA/SXM Airport) will open to accept all commercial flights as per October 10, 2017. “We will be back in business,” the Minister said. The symbolism of the date was also important to the Minister, marking seven years since St. Maarten obtained its new constitutional status.
The airport, the Minister explained, was given time following hurricane Irma and Maria to get back to a suitable operational level that falls within international safety standards. She re-iterated that the damage to PJIA was severe and no quick fix could have been applied. “Even as we open our airport, we are still months away from restoring PJIA to its former glory,” she said.
However, the Minister continued, “acting CEO of PJIA Michel Hyman assisted by Head of the Civil Aviation Department Lou Halley and his team, has done a terrific job in getting the airport to a point where we can open for business. I cannot praise these folks and their resilience enough in getting PJIA back up and running. Thank you.”
The Minister explained that while the airport is opening, there will be some changes in terms of passenger movement and security within the terminal building to allow for repairs to the building to continue. She said Hyman and airport management will ensure that passengers are in a safe environment at all times. “There might be some inconvenience here and there, but we only ask a little patience as we work to get back to 100%,” the Minister said.
She added that all airlines will issue information regarding their resumption of service via their respective outlets and agents. “We are in discussion with all of the airlines about resumption of service to St. Maarten. St. Maarten as a destination has been hit hard and the road to recovery is long, but we still do have some hotel inventory that can be serviced and we still want potential investors here. Basically, the message we want to send to the world is we are resilient, we are open for business and we look forward to welcoming you back.”
Minister Arrindell-Doncher also extended thanks to the personnel of PJIA and other contracted workers who have diligently been working to restore the airport to operational status as well as the Immigration and Customs Department. She thanked all airport handlers, airlines, commercial, charter and military, that came to St. Maarten’s aid by transporting relief supplies while the airport was closed.

Last edited by ruralcarrier; 10/10/2017 11:53 AM.

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Re: Airport opens October 10th *DELETED* [Re: BillandElaine] #145503
10/04/2017 09:55 AM
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Madeira, Portugal
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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Julius] #145504
10/04/2017 10:16 AM
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It is on the Government's Facebook page.

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: BillandElaine] #145505
10/04/2017 10:57 AM
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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: ruralcarrier] #145506
10/04/2017 02:46 PM
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It looks pretty official to me.... but what airlines will fly there is anyones guess. With no vacationers the only people that really need to go are people that own property. So I imagine it will be really rough getting there and probably not no stop for sure... Major airlines are out to make money... wait and see...

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: sasasal] #145507
10/04/2017 03:01 PM
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AA website is showing flights as of October 10 nonstop from Miami only, at $313 PP round trip. A couple of days ago, the were showing flights as of October 6, so I guess it's a real flight from Miami, as of October 10. Appears Miami is the only nonstop, for now.

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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Carol_Hill] #145508
10/04/2017 04:10 PM
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Carol_Hill said:
Appears Miami is the only nonstop, for now.


I haven't verified this, but I was told:

1 MIA daily from 10/10, a 2nd will be added on 12/15
2 CLT daily, effective 12/15, 3rd on Saturday
1 JFK daily, effective 12/15
1 PHL daily, effective 12/15

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: BillandElaine] #145509
10/04/2017 04:17 PM
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After so much speculation this is really good news. Resorts and restaurants that were able to reopen have got to be pleased as well as any other businesses that are eager to restore a revenue flow including the airlines. I expect we may see some incentives offered to replace cancellations.

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Bahston] #145510
10/04/2017 04:28 PM
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Just curious, told by whom?? That almost sounds like their regular schedule and I just can't see them filling those planes. Not that it matters that much, but I didn't see any evening flights from Miami in December.

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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: sasasal] #145511
10/04/2017 04:41 PM
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Major airlines are out to make money


Isn't that what being in business is all about? Many people never have the option of a non-stop flght.


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: ruralcarrier] #145512
10/04/2017 06:35 PM
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On Facebook. There are two pages to this.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=3&theater

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: SXMScubaman] #145513
10/04/2017 08:03 PM
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Sorry, that is not right, considering it shows flights from October 6..


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Carol_Hill] #145514
10/05/2017 02:02 PM
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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Julius] #145515
10/05/2017 08:36 PM
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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: BillandElaine] #145516
10/05/2017 08:52 PM
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R U returning to SXM soon?

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: ruralcarrier] #145517
10/10/2017 11:47 AM
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Looks like Delta flight #9856 (ATL) is in flight now with arrival scheduled at 1:50pm.

AA #2219 is due to depart MIA 12:28pm and arrive at 3:04pm.


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: ruralcarrier] #145518
10/10/2017 12:08 PM
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Looks like Delta flight #9856 (ATL) is in flight now with arrival scheduled at 1:50pm.

AA #2219 is due to depart MIA 12:28pm and arrive at 3:04pm.


This is good. A little step on the road to recovery.

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: Angelface] #145519
10/10/2017 02:15 PM
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And Delta is on the ground as of about 2:00pm!


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: ruralcarrier] #145520
10/10/2017 03:09 PM
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Delta first flight to land.

Welcomed with Carnival dancers, and steel pan band!

https://www.facebook.com/SXMGOV/?hc_ref=...UqEZxR9_7LQzUBw


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: BeachKitten] #145521
10/10/2017 03:48 PM
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So great to see!!!


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Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: BeachKitten] #145522
10/10/2017 03:58 PM
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Nice video. Thanks for posting link.

Re: Airport opens October 10th [Re: SXMScubaman] #145523
10/10/2017 07:11 PM
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Topper's rum welcoming them in the tent! Makes the tent bearable..lol

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