Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has announced that based on advice given by LIAT, the airline will begin commercial flights at the Douglas Charles Airport on Wednesday (today).
He said on LIAT’s technical team arrived at the airport, which was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Erika, on Tuesday to set up its computer system since the terminal building now has electricity and there is internet connection.
“The idea is to set up their IT system, their computers and ticketing system and we have been advised by LIAT that they will resume flights into Dominica, at the Douglas Charles Airport on Wednesday the 16th of September,” he stated on Tuesday afternoon.
The Prime Minister noted that although things might change, the advisory given by LIAT is that flights would begin and he looked forward to LIAT’s schedule being posted online by Tuesday evening.
He said progress is being made in reconstructing the island after Erika, although it will take a long time.
“But we are seeking to prioritize areas and see how quickly the government can move in to put temporary structures, while at the same time planning for more permanent structures and more permanent arrangements in respect to our response to Tropical Storm Erika and our move to the reconstruction of our country,” Skerrit said.
Several non commercial LIAT flights have already landed at the airport.
Initial estimates show that it will take $39.5-million to restore the Douglas Charles Airport to full functionality.