The restrictions to the airports come with immediate effect

The restrictions to the airports come with immediate effect

The Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) has said it is imposing a restriction, with immediate effect, on both airports on the island.

According to DASPA only those “that demonstrate that they have legitimate business at the airport will be granted access to the Douglas-Charles Airport and the Canefield Airport.”

Additionally, vehicles entering both airports will be checked before access is granted.

DASPA said both airports “operate and comply generally with common international civil aviation recognized practices and procedures, to assure the protection and safety of passengers, crew, ground personnel, the general public, aircraft and facilities of the airport against all acts of unlawful interference perpetuated on the ground or in flight.”

It said in accordance with international regulations “the necessary measures are taken by DASPA to assure the protection and safety of all persons utilizing the airports in Dominica in compliance with the standards and recommended practices …”

“In an effort to better educate the general public utilizing the airports in Dominica, the travelling and general public are reminded that the airport regulation stipulates that the airport is a restricted area,” the authority said in a release on Tuesday.

“Persons not willing to comply with the lawful instructions provided by a Police Officer or Security Officer at the Airport may be removed from the Airport,” DASPA went on to say. “Please be advised that all vehicles entering the Airport will be checked before being allowed into the restricted area of the Douglas-Charles Airport and the Canefield Airport. Vehicles that do not meet the requirements for entry shall not be allowed to enter the Airport.”

DASPA also said all vehicles entering the airports that do not meet the requirements for entry shall not be allowed to proceed.

“Any person who interferes with, tampers with or injures any part of the airport or any equipment will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” DASPA said. “In keeping with the DASPA Act 8 of 2006, Section 75, members of the general public are reminded that any person who unlawfully damages or in any way interferes with any lighthouse, buoy, beacon, ground light or other property of the Authority in such a manner as to endanger or as might endanger the life of any person commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of ten years.”

DASPA is calling on the general public to comply with the conditions.

“We urge all users of the airport to fully comply with the conditions for entry at the Airports by producing satisfactory evidence and the purpose of one’s presence at the airport to be allowed access,” DASPA said.

DNO contacted Benoit Bardouille, CEO of DASPA, for reasons the rules were being enforced at this time, but was told he was in a meeting.