The idea of building an international airport is once again a matter of debate in Dominica but this whole discussion is not new.
The idea of building an international airport goes back to Dominica’s first premier, Edward Le Blanc.
According to Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Le Blanc got the Canadian government “to finance a study for a proposed jet airport aligned across the centre of the island from Warner to the back of Castle Bruce.”
In 1971 and 1972, meteorological studies were carried out 24-7 at a small lab at Brantridge near Pont Case, “but the findings declared that there was too much cloud cover and high rainfall and it was abandoned.”
In 1989, the Dominica Freedom Party had a plan drawn for an international airport with alignment from Woodfordhill Bay to Bottom Wesley near Sophia Bay. The plan was drawn by engineering firm, Alexander Gibb, UK, according to Dr. Honychurch. (See plan below).
In 1998 the United Workers Party (UWP) also had a plan drawn for an airport with alignment further in land from behind Woodford Hill village near the Woodford Hill Agricultural Station to end behind Wesley at the back of the former St. Andrews High School. Design was done by Planning and Stanley Engineers. (See plan below).
On Wednesday, prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said Chinese engineers are in Dominica to visit the proposed construction site of an international airport, in Compton Point near Calibishie, and to offer advice to the government.