Air passengers traveling via the Melville Hall airport over the past few days have been confronted with airlines cancelling flights because of serious high winds at that airport.
According to reports reaching DNO, LIAT and American Eagle have had to cancel a number of flights between Monday and Tuesday this week.
A DNO correspondent who was at the airport on Tuesday February 28, 2012 was forced to seek hotel accommodation in Marigot because LIAT flights 309 and 768 were cancelled.
“All we can say is that this has been the trend for the week because of the unusually high winds that we are now experiencing,” an airport official explained, while making it clear that the individual was not speaking in an official capacity.
The official explained that FAA regulations dictates that while the tail winds must be 10 knots or under for landing, it has over the past days been a much higher 15 knots.
“They are trying to get them (FAA) to change that but it has not been forth coming,” the official told DNO.
Meanwhile hundreds of stranded passengers of LIAT and American Airlines were forced to return home and seek alternatives.
Most of the LIAT flights affected were due to have landed after sunset.
LIAT and American officials have been quoted as saying “it’s an act of God and we are not responsible.”
But irate stranded passengers voicing their anger and frustration told DNO, “this matter has been going on now for days and the airlines ought to know better and stop having flights after sunset.”
Top LIAT and American officials were not available to comment on the matter.