A flooded airport carpark on Thursday Aug 27 in the wake of Erika

A flooded airport carpark on Thursday Aug 27 in the wake of Erika

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has stated that efforts are being made to get the main airport back into operation as quickly as possible and hundreds have been engaged to assist.

The airport has suffered major damage as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27.

PM Skerrit noted that the apron was washed away and all the equipment on the ground floor in the terminal building will most likely have to be replaced. He explained that the airport had been flooded and is now covered with mud.

A team will assess the situation there and an action plan will be formulated, he said.

So far, the debris on the runway has been cleared and more equipment is being sent in to clear debris from the tarmac and from the terminal building.

Skerrit said the Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority Mr. Benoit Bardouille will be resident at Melville Hall over the next several days to oversee the restoration of the airport.

He added that he has given Bardouille a “free hand” to utilize all the resources he can find to do the clean up.

Venezuela and the French will assist with restoration of airport and others have indicated an interest in helping as well.

Meanwhile, the Canefield airport will be used for small commercial flights in and out of Dominica. Additionally, a number of persons have offered their small planes for use.

Those making their way to Dominica can do so through Guadeloupe and Martinique. Skerrit said LIAT has been taking persons to those neighbouring islands from which they have access to Dominica via ferry services.

Moreover, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has agreed to facilitate a ferry service to Dominica using an operator in Montserrat. His Government will waive all landing fees and associated charges once the ferry is going to or from Dominica.

An airport office rendered inoperable by water from the storm

An airport office rendered inoperable by water from the storm