Airport expansion planned for post-hurricane Anguilla
British Overseas Territory Anguilla, in the eastern Caribbean, plans to expand its airport to draw more international flights as part of its efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Irma. With the help of the British Corps of Engineers, the island’s airport runway will be extended to accommodate larger planes and increase airlift.
The Caribbean island of Anguilla has announced plans to expand its airport to accommodate larger planes and attract international carriers to the island as part of its recovery from record-breaking Atlantic storm Hurricane Irma that hit the island in early September.
The eastern Caribbean island’s chief minister Victor Banks said that plans are in place for the expansion of the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. The airport, which can only currently accommodate small aircraft, will remain open to private and commercial planes during the construction period.
A team from the British Corps of Royal Engineers will oversee the project to extend the runway to 6,000 feet from its current 5,400 feet so that larger jets can land there. The island – a British Overseas Territory – will potentially benefit from new scheduled flights from international carriers, increased airlift and therefore more tourists.
A new and improved ferry terminal will also be constructed on the island, with the original Blowing Point dock being badly damaged by the storm. Architectural plans have already been commissioned for the new facility and the government expects work to begin shortly.
Since Hurricane Irma struck Anguilla last month, the island has restored most phone and internet communications. Significant progress has also been made on repairing power lines and restoring electricity to much of the island. Roads and beaches have been cleared and grocery stores are well provisioned.
Seabourne Airlines recently resumed flights between Anguilla and San Juan in Puerto Rico, many local restaurants have reopened, along with a number of hotels that are housing relief workers and UK government officials.
While some resorts are still assessing storm damage and are closed for rebuilding works, others have already announced that they will be ready to welcome guests this winter season – these include Carlisle Bay, Carimar Beach Club, Frangipani Beach Resort, CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort, Fountain Anguilla and Zemi Beach House.
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