International airport to cost US$220-million – PM Skerrit

Skerrit spoke at a consultation on Monday

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has revealed it will cost about US$220-million to build an international airport in Dominica.

He was speaking at a National Consultation on Monday, April 24th 2017 at the State House Conference Centre under the theme ‘Development Prospects for Dominica within the context of the Citizenship By Investment Program (CBI) as a platform for Raising the Funds Necessary to Finance Development Activities.’

“The projected cost of it, everything included, except for land acquisition, a complete terminal and all the necessary components of an airport would be in the region of about US$220-million,” he stated. “That is the cost of the airport as being proposed.”

Skerrit pointed to “creative” ways in which the project will be funded since no bank will give out that kind of money.

“The intention of the government is to set up an Airport Development Fund and every month allocate from the CBI (Citizenship by Investment Program) funds, a particular percentage that would go to that fund with the view of raising as much money as possible,” he stated. “And we also have some other creative ways that we will articulate to the country at the appropriate time.”

According to the Prime Minister, last year the government engaged a firm to do a feasibility study on the possibility of an international airport for Dominica and to advise on the best-suited site.

He stated that although the best site identified was in the vicinity of Ross University in Portsmouth, the experts found a site close to Woodfordhill.

“Close to where Dame Eugenia Charles had identified, not the precise location, but certainly in that locality,” he stated.

Skerrit noted that experts with the firm have been doing a number of studies “quietly” over the past six months and reported back to the government on April 20 on the best site that will minimize dislocation and other things.

“We will be looking at a runway of 2,500 meters in length and associated accompaniments,” he noted.

Skerrit said the decision will be taken this week to commission additional studies such as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and soil studies, “to better inform us of the type of soil that we are dealing with on that particular site.”

“Once we get back the EIA, we get back the further studies of the soil, then the intention is to move to the design phase so that we can come back to the country in a more comprehensive consultation like this including one in the Woodfordhill area to present this proposal to the people of the country, to our citizens and to get your views, your suggestions on the international airport and how do you believe we will go about constructing this airport,” he noted. 

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127 Comments

  1. Look It
    April 26, 2017

    Honestly HOW MUCH DOES IT TRULY COST TO BUILD AND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT???

    Over the last 16 years, Skerrit, his ministers and supporters have given so many quote as to how much this airport will cost, that i am wondering if at all they have indeed given any real thought to building this airport

  2. Hmm
    April 26, 2017

    As Nike says ” Just Do It”

  3. Jonathan St jean
    April 25, 2017

    Following a visit to China Skerritt told the nation that he had signed an agreement with some entity for $300 million US dollars which was to go towards the building of the Princess Margaret Hospital and an international airport.Where is that money.The Chinese are now funding the new Hospital,so where is Dominica’s contribution from the $300 million?.Now Skerritt says he is going to set up a fund for the construction of the international airport expected to cost $220 million US.He has said that money from the CBI program will be apportioned annually towards the airport project.Where is the portion of the $300 million that is to go towards the said airport.If it walks like a duck,and quacks like a duck it’s a duck.

  4. Not a herd follower
    April 25, 2017

    Having fooled the Dominican masses over the past sixteen years, Skerrit and his Ministers are now deluding themselves and perhaps are not even aware of it. How can one provide the cost of building an airport without first doing a design? It is difficult to believe that an international airport would cost only US$220 million today. Skerrit must ask Ralph how much it cost St Vincent to build their 2 month old airport. But he won’t because he is not going to build any international airport. He is delusional.

    • John Henderson
      April 25, 2017

      Why are you so negative towards the prime minister, if you have nothing better to do with your stupid, find something useful to do. Ash like you are just running down your country. maby you are saying all this nonsense, because you have not received any common sense from the almighty God, the only reason I you’re thinking like you are because you haven’t learned any things from your school days. go and find something constructive to do.
      When the airport, is completed, you will still be negative. I’m sure you don’t pay any income tax

  5. Leroy Registe
    April 25, 2017

    Mr. Prime Minister, my best knowledge I would offer is to get a developer list the land for them for a Hundred-Years and collect all the taxes and let them run the airport. That’s the faster way of geting this airport build, or offer a 50-years tax free for all materials for the soul purpose of building the airport. This airport can be build without the government put a cent. Then the Government can used that money and build a high-way leading to the airport with tolls.

  6. truth , shall set you free
    April 25, 2017

    One thing dominicans know now for sure is ,Whenever we hear of international airport, you know elections is round the corner,

  7. snowell
    April 25, 2017

    Jealousy sey met sort zor tow machastey.

    Bring on the airport

    • Jonathan St jean
      April 26, 2017

      You think airport falling from the sky like rain falls in Dominica?Examine the facts and information presented before bleating like a sheep.Once one sheep says beeehhhh,others just repeat

  8. dissident
    April 25, 2017

    At de appropriate time. ….that is a koolwosh!!!!!!!
    Skerrit all ah we not Sot and we not boo boo!
    What happened to the MOU de Americans had to present on the 21st?

    This is some smelly horse t!

  9. April 25, 2017

    A very cheap airport one we could have had already…… 2264 passports sold in 5 years at a minimum cost of 150 000 thats 900 million EC, We spent 200 plus million on melville hall, we spent half the money for an international airport on meleville hall? backward thinking indeed

  10. FORKIT
    April 25, 2017

    they making a box culvert and that costing 1 million so an international going and cost 220 million… if dominicans are tebeah i not a dominican

  11. Lang Mama
    April 25, 2017

    Further studies of the soil? Surveys done secretely? All you I must laugh. Now somebody tell me where is that location close to Ross University. Is where Silver Beach is suppose to be?
    Notice he deliberate did not say Point Round. Hmmmm.
    The man is an inveterate liar. So I ask a minister friend a question about that so call survey and that friend told me that only Skerrit know about that survey. Take note that not one other member of the cabinet talks about that airport and the survey. Now that Lang Mama point that out they are going to come out like puppets.
    Foreign consultantstudents come to Dominica to do a survey -for sure they would need the guidance and support of the local technocrats. So how could that be a secrete. I suspect they used night vision aid to do the surveys and some soukoyan to provide light when needed. The soukoyan in Kingshill must have been on NEP all night

  12. April 25, 2017

    I will believe when I actually SEE an airport. SO LONG allu building airport? So long?

    • dora
      April 25, 2017

      Well do something to help nah???/ Instead of sitting on your ars**e and criticize?

  13. SALISBURY
    April 24, 2017

    Dear PM

    I do not understand this statement.

    “He stated that although the best site identified was in the vicinity of Ross University in Portsmouth, the experts found a site close to Woodfordhill.”

    If the best site was located in the vicinity of Ross University, why build in woodfordill?

  14. Views
    April 24, 2017

    How can you give the green light to proceed with plans for the airport before you commission the EIA. EIA means Environmental Impact Assessment. An EIA can determine that the site is unsuitable for the airport. Furthermore the EIA has to determine what mitigation measures must be taken to safeguard the environment. So on what basis is the cost of the project determined. This international airport talk is just another big fat lie. Elections must be coming for real

  15. Let The Truth Be Known
    April 24, 2017

    Everything about this int’l airport is good news. Everything cost money. Broadminded and sensible people should know that It may eventually cost more.
    When it is completed, those who will benefit more from it are residents who reside in close proximity of it. You will not have to travel far just as for the present airport.
    Today, the cost will be higher If this airport was built at the time of Dame Eugenia Charles, know that it would have cost less and would have been completed by now.
    You UWP supporters and critics know who caused that, James. Therefore, cease your criticisms and let it be. Give it your blessings.

    • Dominican abroad
      April 25, 2017

      true say… Its time. Dominica backward to much…

    • April 25, 2017

      Let The Truth Be Known. Why would anyone want to live close to an airport. Do you have any comprehension of the noise that jet engines create. You also talk about travelling far to get to the airport. Given the relative
      size of DA that should not be a problem.

    • Papa Dom
      April 26, 2017

      Fool

  16. Tedashcrew
    April 24, 2017

    So where all the labourers that said we do not need an int. Airport. Why are they not saying so to the PM.

  17. On the Beat
    April 24, 2017

    Please read and don’t be mislead, the PM stated clearly that 220M US is the cost without the land acquisition, completed terminal and the different components of an airport. So it will be more than 220M. And before you start to bash and say this and that about the PM and Gov, this is a presentation of the findings , and at this point they have a feasible plan. As they said, you can’t borrow this money from a bank so let them find a way to fund this without breaking the back of the economy. If you have a problem with it, present a solution yourself

  18. UserName
    April 24, 2017

    If I wuzz Gregor Naassief I would retract my comments of October 2014 when I said that
    “Dominica’s international airport would cost approximately ec$1 billion and the key metrics of hotel rooms and visitor arrivals are not nearly where they need to be …………..”
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/features/commentary/commentary-continuing-conversation-international-airport/

    • FORKIT
      April 25, 2017

      those guys like gregor cannot open their mouth after the GOD has spoken, they dont want to contradict him.

    • Cyril Volney
      April 25, 2017

      Mr Nassief is still correct!

  19. Sylvester Cadette
    April 24, 2017

    Once the location for the airport is determined beyond a shadow of doubt, the EIA and soil test must be done. The cost of the studies are invariable factored into the overall cost of the airport. Once we have all this done and there is a “GO” all Dominicans should rally together for its success. The Partners ?

    RUSSIA –
    the Russian Ministry of Defense & civil Aviation Ministry could build a runway at one blink; I would request assistance from Moscow for all earth Movement and building the runway, apron, taxi-way and the Tower. they would bring in all the heavy equipment. Prime Minister please take a delegation to Russia

    CHINA
    Completely furnished terminal building, Buildings for Fire Service and triage wing.

    USA
    Navigation equipment and tower equipment;
    JAPAN
    Security equipment and other instrumentation
    MEXICO & BRAZIL
    Lighting and renewable energy fixtures,
    EU
    Electricals

    Approach it that way but please PM do approach RUSSIA. Your success rate with them…

    • Sylvester Cadette
      April 24, 2017

      PM with Russian development assistance Your success rate with Russia will be very, very high.

      • Channel 1
        April 24, 2017

        @Sylvester Cadette – Why would his success rate with Russia be very, very high?

        Is it because he named his son Dimitri?

        Is it because he appears to mirroring ‘certain’ Putin-like traits on how to run a country?

        And if the Russians were to come, what would they want from Dominica? I’m sure you know that nothing is truly free on this earth.

    • Clergy Man
      April 25, 2017

      I like that, as development makes for strange bed fellows (just as politics).

  20. Doc. Love
    April 24, 2017

    There is a popular saying, “is better to be thought of as fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubts.” I would like to change that saying, “it is better to be thought of as a liar, then to open your mouth and remove all doubts.” Remember when the general secretary of the union asked the government, to use some of the CBI money to pay the salary increases. He was told that this could not happen, because the CBI money wasn’t a permanent source of money and no one knows whether in a couple of years from now, passports might not be sold, but the workers still have to get their money, according to the agreement. Today I heard on radio, “the intension of the Government is to set up an Airport Development Fund and every month allocate from the CBI program funds, a particular percentage that would go to the fund.” Is the government now saying, the CBI program will last much longer then anticipated, if so, pay the workers their increases, they deserve every penny.

    • Ras Ju
      April 26, 2017

      I have repeatedly heard that the Gov’t has been advised by various monetary institutions that the CBI funds should not be used for recurring expenditure e.g. Paying of salaries. They can of course use it to do that but this would be going advice that they have been given.

  21. Zaji
    April 24, 2017

    As if I fed up with Mr. wi.

  22. Roseau River
    April 24, 2017

    Need to focus on creating more jobs for all (Agriculture, attracting more colleges or trade schools to the country). It would be great to have a jet capable airport in DA, but the reality is, DA can not afford a USD $200+ million dollar airport anytime soon.

  23. April 24, 2017

    Chupes, Skerrit can’t build a hotel or an abbatoir, is international airport he can build :-D :-D :-D :-D

  24. FORMER BLUE
    April 24, 2017

    Dominica is on its way to get its JET AIRPORT and that’s the reality. The English Language is difficult for some of us or we are just downright wickedly stupid and anti development. The PM said that the USM$22O DOESN’T include the cost of LAND ACQUISITION . This will be quite exorbitant in addition to the Soil tests and Environment Impact Assessment Study’s costings.

    We are too quick to shoot down progress but the significant majority are stoutly behind this progressive government . Am so happy to see the light and the UWP should be ashamed of their unpatriotic conduct.

    EDDO must write CBI to stop our Airport . Wesleyfordhill get ready . People join the DLP because they’re working and leave TEAM CONFUSION and violence .

    AIRPORT COMING………..WHO FARSHAY………..KWARSHAY.

    • Jon Jones
      April 25, 2017

      You must be from the blind bunch with no memory either.

      Are you forgetting who brought Mr Gonsalves to these shores to tell us that we didnt need an international airport?
      An airport site has been identified over 30 years ago yet here we are today still searching this small island for possible sites?
      You must forget the complete u-turns of statement and policy this fool makes, not to mention the outright lies in general spouted at his behest. This man has turned Dominicans into shameless beggars for the whole world to see apart from they themselves. It will only be when his criminal enterprise is brought to a halt that the zombies in Dominica will wake up. He has turned so many into fools

    • Jonathan St jean
      April 26, 2017

      You think airport falling from the sky like rain falls in Dominica?Examine the facts and information presented before bleating like a sheep.Once one sheep says beeehhhh,others just repeat

  25. SHAME
    April 24, 2017

    the Govornment said. We will be looking at a runway of 2,500 meters in length and associated accompaniments. short RUNWAY, Argyle international airport almost 10 thousand ft., and you want to build 8 thousand ft., the math’s not adding up sir…

    • So, you all don’t know Roosevelt is crazy; the man is delusional, he does not have any cognitive thinking power, he does not have the ability to think cognitively! He has a very shallow, and small mind. To him he believes that the crap he is talking to be the best alternative.

      Let him build a two thousand feet runway, it will become the same as the crap he spent more than half of a billion dollars on and called it Douglas-Charles.

      That boy is a sick specimen!

    • Driver
      April 25, 2017

      OK so he will build one almost 10,100 ft. Grow up ‘shame” I suppose that you are one who was crying for a tunnel under Morne Daniel, because St. Lucia built one out of Castries. Well, the tunnel wasn’t built either.

      • Guy what are you saying, are you stupid or what?

        There are two Airports in St, Lucia! There is a Municipal Airport in Castries, that is where LIAT and such aircrafts are allowed to land except if there is an emergency, they have to get permission to land at the International Airport. I had an experience like that flying from Puerto Rico on American Eagle when they overfly Dominica to St. Lucia, there was an emergency, hence they were diverted to Vie Fort, note: Once we landed the passengers could not disembark.

        When the issue was resolved, American Eagle took off and landed in Castries. Where LIAT was waiting on me and my daughter Makeba, who were the only people traveling to Dominica on that flight!

        There is also Vie Fort International Airport which was left after World War II, that International Airport has the longest runway in the Caribbean as far as I know. People should not talk garbage when they do not know the subject!

    • Papa Dom
      April 25, 2017

      That is because the site is unsuitable for anything longer but skerrit is determined not to use the site purchased by the previous government.

      • Ras Ju
        April 26, 2017

        Hold on – so you are saying that the Gov’t already has land that can facilitate a longer runway? Even if he wanted to build it up to 2500 m (if that is sufficient for international aircraft landings) why not use the site that is already in the Gov’t’s possession?
        That would be a bit irresponsible to acquire a new site? Does not make sense to me?

  26. DA
    April 24, 2017

    What a thing to tell the king.
    How does Skerrit sleep at night?
    It have to be with one eye close and one open.
    We need a lot of prays in Dominica
    Lord have mercy on us.

  27. Douglas
    April 24, 2017

    If a little bridge over the Roseau River cost $18 million and de Chinese Hospital cost $100 million, how de hell an international airport going to cost US$220 million in de terrain of Dominica? In 1983 de Grenada International Airport cost that amount on relatively flat land with free Cuban labor.
    Skerrit somebody dupe you garcon.
    Where was UWP at the consultation? Those guys had an opportunity to nail Skerrit and they boycott. Dominican politics is pure pappyshow. Uwp had a chance to with wide media coverage and they stay on Q95? Mr. Gregoire you might have to make these guys pay for air time.

    • Driver
      April 25, 2017

      So true. Airport ain’t gonna get built.

    • star
      April 25, 2017

      does skerrit answer any questions from the opposition.. does skerrit give reasoning or explanation for anything?.. its none of our damn buisness.. do you remember.. so them being there or not would change nothing.. skerrit running HIS country how he please

    • washay pwell
      April 25, 2017

      i’m pretty sure you saw that it was quoted is US dollars… But is blind allu blind to development so you wont see the US dollar sign before the figure.. smh..

  28. press sec
    April 24, 2017

    Look at your eyes you look like a man who cannot sleep. Go take a few Valium.

  29. press sec
    April 24, 2017

    I don’t know if you know but you have lost all credibility with independent and right thinking Dominicans. Go tell your crap to laborites who will accept all foolishness you spew.

  30. press sec
    April 24, 2017

    Gason ou pa las mantie?

  31. April 24, 2017

    Another Caribbean island will spend big bucks to have its own international airport, this time Dominica, after Argyle International Airport (AIA) was just opened in February on St. Vincent, and BVI (British Virgin Islands) have given the go ahead to extend the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island from 4,45 feet to 7,100 feet at a cost of $153M to allow B737 and A320 aircraft to fly to the BVI direct from the USA and Canada.
    Now, every island has an international airport in the Caribbean, many are sadly under utilized, very quiet by day. Now, the role of local regional LIAT has to be re-evaluated as it once was the feeder for connecting international flights in and out of Barbados and Antigua for many of the islands, and now they will all one day have direct flights to North America and some even Europe, the only need for LIAT is intra-Eastern Caribbean flying, which can be done by any newly established airline in the Eastern Caribbean.
    This puts LIAT\’s…

    • Thomas, unless you have a personal interest in LIAT, you need to be quiet and not mention that nonsense! Many of us knows the origin of LIAT; we saw it in the days when it went from a single Engine Piper on the island of Montserrat, around 1958/1959 to what it is today.

      From its inspection it was never a profitable entity, that is why the governments of the Caribbean took it over from the original owners. To suggest that there should be an evaluation of LIAT is hogwash, LIAT should long make its exist on the trash heap of history!

      There are many different factors why air travel to the some International Airports in the Caribbean are limited. One of the problem is that it is very expensive to vacation in the Caribbean, I travel across the United States and Canada.It is my choice not to sleep in any cheap hotel on the road, nevertheless, if I wish I can get a room for less than a hundred dollars per night.

      Name me one hotel in the Caribbean where you can sleep for a hundred U…

    • Finally:

      Name me one hotel in the Caribbean where you can sleep for a hundred U. S . dollars pre night, or EC$270.00 per night! The last time I overnight in Antigua traveling to Dominica, it cost me more than three hundred East Caribbean currency to sleep in a so called hotel where I saw rats as large as cats, in St. Johns! Take Las Vegas, millions of people from all over the world monthly, there is a reason for that.

      Hotel rooms a cheap, and there is plenty to do even if one does not wish to gamble! In any event, Dominica will never get an International Airport as long as Roosevelt Skerrit is alive, and is prime minister of the country, as a matter of fact as long as there is a labor party in Dominica the country is doomed, and will never see the building of an International Airport!

    • Driver
      April 25, 2017

      LIAT? Tomaso, who else is thinking about how it will affect LIAT? Does LIAT think about whom it affects?

  32. Voice of The South
    April 24, 2017

    We trust in yo Fr. Skerrit! We know you have the vision to lead us forward and yes, you MUST GO forward. Keep working hard – we all benefit from the CBI

    • SALISBURY
      April 24, 2017

      “Voice of The South”

      Forward in Poverty.

  33. rasta
    April 24, 2017

    Very interesting!! feasibility study is ongoing in terms of its location, soil explorations etc but the P.M is saying that it will cost 220 U.S million. How is that possible sir? A house that is built on sloping ground as opposed to flat terrain can and will never cost the same. Skerrit stop fooling Dominicans. There are so many parameters that must be factored before a final value is established to include volume of excavation, retaining structures, mitigation against environmental issues, physical structures to include ambulance service, wear houses, office space, parking areas, landscaping,road access improvement to the proposed site and so much more. I find it immature for skerrit to provide a figure when the major expenditure drivers are not established. Wow what a country we live in but God bless the wise among us!!!! Why is the P.M eye so red? I wonder- Pressure of losing?

  34. Yes
    April 24, 2017

    If the geothermal power plant was finished, the monthly profit could be used as monthly loan payments to cover the loan for the 1st phase.

  35. Tj
    April 24, 2017

    Election is near. Apromise is a comfort to a fool. Build the dam thing.

  36. Ashamed Dominican
    April 24, 2017

    Yes dom in cans I feel sorry for all u

  37. Concerned
    April 24, 2017

    The level of lies and corruption in our beautiful country smothers it in ugliness.

    • Ashamed Dominican
      April 25, 2017

      But dno were are your previous stories about that same airport from that same prime minister every year a different story wtf

  38. BimJim
    April 24, 2017

    The day Argyle experiences a downpour such as the one which overflowed the George Charles Airport runway and half of that runway ends up washed into the sea, we are going to appreciate the real power of nature.

    Dominicans have seen and felt such power, and still a runway across a valley or ghaut is being considered? Last year the river at Melville Hall burst its banks – think of two or three rivers worth of that amount of water pushing SIDEWAYS on the airport buildings and runway, as it will at Argyle.

    At Argyle the drains under the runway are already partially blocked.

    Another factor to consider is sea rise from global warming – said to be as much as 30 feet. Build another airport like Argyle, and Dominica will be looking for another two Billion dollars (in future money) to replace all three on the coastlines that are under water (George Charles, Canefield and this new one).

    But it’s not MY money, so go ahead, nah worry, mon.

  39. Anthony Ismael, Graduate Degree in Kicks Off
    April 24, 2017

    Why is the name of the firm so secret? Why not make it public? What’s so secretive about the name of that firm? I don’t get it. I must admit that after reading this story, I see more realistic transparency in this report, even though it has the usual pre-election propaganda attached to it.

  40. Anthony Ismael, Graduate Degree in Kicks Off
    April 24, 2017

    “He stated that although the best site identified was in the vicinity of Ross University in Portsmouth, the experts found a site close to Woodfordhill.”

    That being the case, why is the best site not chosen? Guess we will have to wait explanation/reasons when the final report is made public.

  41. Anthony Ismael, Graduate Degree in Kicks Off
    April 24, 2017

    What is the purpose of constantly lying to the masses? What glory do you and the rest of the boys obtain by lying in plain Black and White to us?

    “The projected cost of it, everything included, except for land acquisition, a complete terminal and all the necessary components of an airport would be in the region of about US$220-million,” he stated. “That is the cost of the airport as being proposed.”

    If the cost of land is excluded from the final cost, how can you state that its US$220-million not including land?
    I guess the Build Own Operate and Transfer or BOOT as you bragged about during your last China-Trip was yet another election ploy. You should never stop lying to the fools who constantly elect you.

  42. LifeandDeath
    April 24, 2017

    Why Skerrit feeling pressured now to build and Int’l Airport nuh?..I mean how many passports would have to be sold really to make at least US$220M?
    Thing men do to save face..
    Act busy
    Tell Lies
    Give False Hope
    Stroke Large Egos..

    Father time a go tell!!

  43. FORKIT
    April 24, 2017

    so the renovation of melville hall cost more than this proposed new airport. i wonder if is in pie playing field he going and put it.

    the studies were done already, just stop being stubborn and do what is right… it cannot go next to your properties in possie, cannot go in trafalgar or beauboir or even in pie for a matter of fact,.,,. someting wong

  44. papa
    April 24, 2017

    Pm stop wasting money for the young ppl walking the street u are paying saying on special program and build the airport them they will get job there

  45. stupendous
    April 24, 2017

    Mister them BSing the people of Dominica all the time and the Media such as DNO is facilitating this BS. The media is always hiding behind the suggestion that the opportunity is not given them to asked question – well do the correct thing stay away from those one sided press conferences. Make you all position clear that if questions are not being allowed then we will not accept the invitation – nonsense that now. But when given a chance to ask questions most of them stay mute – I followed many press conferences and the media either lack asking pertinent and burning questions or they just shy away period. Garcon what a country.

  46. knowledgeable
    April 24, 2017

    Skeritt the next time you have gabbage to dispose of, wait for solid waste truck in Vielle Case and spread it all over. your voters will be happy for horse manure.

  47. Monfared
    April 24, 2017

    CBI money can to any but pay government employees? and those stupid dumbincans will agree with that!!

  48. April 24, 2017

    Airport/Hospitals/Road Rehabilitation/Bridges Infrastructure Rehabilitation/Education/Technology/Jobs….etc.) — All of these expenditures could be funded by CBI – if CBI is disbursed accordingly —

  49. jamma
    April 24, 2017

    The Minister of Tourism said a few months ago, “we have the money for the international airport, but i cannot say publicly what amount”.Today skerrite is saying he’ll put some money aside from the CBI every month to fund his airport. Waiting for the next story.

  50. David
    April 24, 2017

    If the best site was in the vicinity of Portsmouth then the airport should be built there. It will help to fill all the rooms in the hotels being built in that area and provide easier access to Ross and the north. That’s the perfect location for an airport!

  51. %
    April 24, 2017

    Man get the hell out of my computer screen…You have brought Dominica to an all time low.
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO!
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

  52. Marcus Hill
    April 24, 2017

    Somebody smoke something!!

  53. Skerrit Must Go... Now
    April 24, 2017

    You couldn’t even read the length of the runway in the video-cast played back to nation. Such is your lack of knowledge of what you were trying to say that you described the 2500 meters length as the (width). Please play back the video-cast and listen to the compulsive lier again.

  54. smh
    April 24, 2017

    You have it in your bank account. Pass it.

  55. Patience
    April 24, 2017

    Sir, I Have news for you, dumbness is in the minority in this country, seventeen years of tricks and lies is just for a few. It’s very basic primary school level education, you don’t have a site, no studies, no plan but a detail cost of the project! Get real

  56. Sakah boy
    April 24, 2017

    IT’s time…L.I.A.T leave me on ground again for Easter…… : :lol:

  57. Non-Dotish Dominican
    April 24, 2017

    Doh worry with him … it appears that by all means he needs the CBI. His friends making a mint of money and the government getting the rest.

    Everything is a ploy to keep the CBI. Dear Lord, I really wonder why.

    Keep praying people. He have more to day cla way for us.

  58. laughing
    April 24, 2017

    Scare-it thinks he’s teaching a 1st grade class of stupid students. Hey scare-it, when are you going to build a Rail way station in Dominica? Can’t wait to see you pull off these miracles. Your time is up, buddy. Get going/moving. :twisted:

  59. Zulu
    April 24, 2017

    God bless my pm we know it won’t be easy but we stand with u.

  60. Roseau
    April 24, 2017

    DLP followers are really like sheep, because a few years ago Skerritt said that Dominica did not need an International Airport, all of them repeated the same thing, applauding, now that he is trying to pull a jombi out of a hat and lying that he has a US firm coming to do a study to build an airport, the same DLP people are now saying yes we need one. Make-up your own minds people!
    My people , if you don\’t stand for something , you will fall for anything and Skerro has seen that by giving DLP followers the same cool-aid in different cups everyday. Sad!

  61. Well, if it is costing only US$220,000,000.00 which is an equivalent to EC$594,000,000.00; you should jump at it; and consider that price a bargain; with the knowledge that the recently completed, Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent belonging to your master Ralph who told you Dominica do not need an International Airport, cost St. Vincent over seven hundred million dollars to build!

    Roosevelt, the new terminal at Antigua International Airport cost more than a hundred million dollars, you are lucky to be quoting less than the billion dollars you told the people of Marigot it would cost to build a new airport! Now a billion is ten hundred million dollars. So, which of your two estimates are true, and which is a lie?

    One day you said one billion, today your estimate seems like almost four hundred million dollars less, so which of the two estimates are true, which is the lie?

  62. My 2 Cents
    April 24, 2017

    We would of had our international airport longgggg ago and the best way to, FOR FREE if it wasn’t for the stupid wicked UWP party. Uwp the worst thing that ever happen to Dominica.

    • You are so dumb, you are so Stupid! Who promised you a free International Airport in Dominica?

      Name your source, name who made you that promise; no wonder you have no name, liars always hide behind a bogus fictitious hogwash phony name.

      If Dominica ever had a chance of getting a free airport, that dates back to World War II, about the same time when America and the British build Airports in Guantanamo in Cuba, Antigua, Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Lucia, Trinidad, and the then British Guiana (now Guyana).

      The reason they built them there were for the islands including Dominica were considered to be strategically located, and were used as base to combat Germany during the war. Right where Melville Hall Airport built was the location chosen by the Americans to the free airport. Because Dominicans are so thief, the money sent to Dominica always finished before any got done.

      Hence the war ended; all the airports on the island mentioned got completed, except the one in great…

      • Man bite dogs
        April 25, 2017

        @ Fransisco, shut that dirty stupid mouth you are working hard to convince your brainless supporters because you think Lennox might have a chance of becoming prime minister and you will be on the paylist, well if that socall Workers ? party wins any more general elections​ in Dominica i will secretly be paying you myself you ediot…….?

      • Man bite dog, shut up, just shut up, I quit the job market; retired when I was 47 years old, and since then have not regretted that. I do not need a job okay, and never will for the rest of my life.

        I never one single day of my life thought of serving in government in Dominica! I’ve never even once thought that if Lennox becomes Prime Minister of Dominica, I could benefit anything from his success. I doubt if Lennox becomes prime minister of Dominica he will have time to remember my name, never mind offer me a job!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        But I am sure if he wins you will turn coat, and have all nice things to say about him to see if he will put you on the paupers pay roll. You see one of the reasons you name is man eat dog when the time comes and you go to beg him for a handout he will not be able to identify you as the dog, who used to bite at his ears while you were kissing up to that corrupted boy Skerrit!

    • Finally:

      Hence the war ended; all the airports on the island mentioned got completed, except the one in great Dominica, when the war ended, the Allis left them operational on the islands: The one in Vie Port St. Lucia remained redundant for a few years until St. Lucia Government revitalize it in the 1970’s.

      They were not built to accommodate jets such as 747’s in the 1930’s there were none, it was not until the late 1950’s the government which inherited them extended, and developed them into International Airports. So, had better stop you lie, you are liar.

      Twenty years ago Edison James borrowed money from the Government of Trinidad to build an International Airport between Wesley and Woodford Hill. The land became idle when your dumb labor party chase the contractors out of Dominica, and told the nation “we doh want it because Antigua and Barbados have one already.”

      I am calling you or anyone else who say otherwise a liar: prove me wrong, prove me a liat! You all…

    • “The reason they built them there were for the islands including Dominica were considered to be strategically located, and were used as base to combat Germany during the war. ”

      Okay, I screwed up here; is the correction:

      The reason they built Airports on the islands including Dominica is because the islands were considered strategically located, and were used as bases to combat Germany during World War II. That came about after the Allis discovered large U-boat (Submarine) activities in the in the Caribbean, and Atlantic oceans.

      Let me rub this in your nasty lying face, again one of the reasons ours never got finish is our dumb people say “we doh want American in we country nu, cause they will rape our woman, and put bottle up .. …. ….. I can’t write that, so go on fool yourself with that lie!

  63. derp
    April 24, 2017

    “He stated that although the best site identified was in the vicinity of Ross University in Portsmouth, the experts found a site close to Woodfordhill.”

    I remember Lennox Hunnychurch posting that site as the best site for an international airport we knew that already…

  64. Froter
    April 24, 2017

    Mr saying he goin go take some money from the CBI TO to ado to a collection hahahaha boss so u know the amount of passport that have to sell to build that airport? That means more curruption…more Rudolf king…and he rest …. plus the man have all kind of things depending on CBI money…he have toilet…he have red clinic…look he have a welfare for young mothers…Skerite how are u goin to run that country my boi on passport money??? But how is that possible…?dominicans arrest that damn man….that voluntary goin to come lie Brazil. .crimes and more crimes…poverty …and all …get rid of that damn man and his cabinet!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. nonamegal
    April 24, 2017

    That’s good news PM.

  66. April 24, 2017

    This is why i say i don’t support either party if uou recall my last post concerning blog guy you will really see i don’t like either leaders. Couple years ago didn’t all you prime minister sau he had funding for this airport ? He went and waste all that money in Melvin hall now he talking about back won’t give that can of money! Dominicans open all you eyes with these two leaders they all have their agenda and it have nothing to do with all you poor people.

  67. dee
    April 24, 2017

    No Where has he said nor promised to build international airport .
    He stated an approx cost .
    he disclosed an acclaimed report of studies
    he promised that a decision will be taken this week to commission additional studies
    He also stated intention to move to design .
    He also promised consultation with Dominicans about all other consultations
    SO HOWCOME SORT DOM IN CANS SAYING HE GOING TO BUILD AIRPORT ?
    where allu get that from ein .
    since i born, not too many years now, studies , consultations ,photographing , surveying , parwolling about a international airport for DOM IN CANS been going on, now look i have grand chiren lissenning to de same zierre zierre and asking if is true jet plane going to come Dominica .
    Well i tell dem awready de day Dominica open international airport i on de first flight going down ..
    when de plane land i utterring three words THANK YOU LORD and i never uttering another english word in dominica again. Honess, I promise.

    • nonamegal
      April 24, 2017

      Hahah Dee that was funny. So creole only after landing then?

      • dee
        April 26, 2017

        Yes wee Nonamegal
        Dat henglish language has been used to mamaguy us for too long .
        So when de international flights start coming in i have to protect de patois by permanent use only.
        it more difficult to fool people in patois, de lies not coming out easy ,perfect example
        try saying fings like ”for if i fall down ” in patois and see how you have to laugh at yourself if you are a lady .

    • stupendous
      April 24, 2017

      Dee not only that there was a 300million dollar pillar project for a new international airport where is it? In Wesley just the other day that BS talker told the children of the Wesley primary school that an international airport was to be built and they were the first to be told. what a lie and BS; also under the Dominica Trade House an international airport was to come – yes he and his friend Monfared was telling us how many health centres and hospitals we have and how many limousine service we have etc etc this man is a total fake; he also told the children that later this month a US firm would be making a presentation to Cabinet on a proposed International airport now he gone back to a Chinese firm – garcon lie making new lie coming back as old lie garcon look confusion and the media just there like a bunch of dottishes –

    • NUWPl
      April 24, 2017

      If you were a lawyer and I was a judge I would have your strips ripped of you in the interest of the law firtinity. Because I can’t believe you took your time to read what the PM said and you still type such rubbish. And you are so correct about Dom-mi-in-cans. Cus u are a true reflection of one. But the majority isn’t and won’t speak that trash. But there is none so blind as those who would not see. THERE IS ONE THING I NOTICED ABOUT OUR HON. DR. PRIME MINISTER ROOSEVELT SKIRRIT IS, HE NEVER PROMISE AND DONT DILEVER. STADIUM COLLAGE ROADS TO POSSIE ROAD TO DOUGLAS CHARLES HOSPITAL SCHOOL FEES EDUCATION FOR OUR YOUTH YES WE CARE AND THE MANY MANY MANY OTHERS HE PROMISE HE DELIVERED. So when he say our Airport is coming trust me WE SHALL SEE AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BEING BUILT IN DOMINICA UNDER THE DOMINICA LABOUR PARTY GOVT. Because LABOUR KA TWAVIE. So do ur thing brother SKIRRIT u are lead by the SPIRIT. You will tell us more about our INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in possie on the 7th…

  68. Din-din
    April 24, 2017

    Thanks but no thanks Skerrit and your international airport- please go, please. You have overstayed your welcome.

    • Sakah boy
      April 24, 2017

      Dream on !!

  69. Calibishi Warrior
    April 24, 2017

    Really??!? …From Argyle Airport (St. Vincent) Wikipedia page …. “Government sources had originally stated that the airport project would cost around US$240 million or 700 million East Caribbean dollars and would replace[citation needed] the existing E.T. Joshua Airport. Other sources cite a figure of one billion ($1,000,000,000) EC dollars as being nearer to the cost of the project. ”
    St. Vincent has much easier terrain , less sensitive and valuable environment (all due respect to my Vinci brothers and sisters) to deal with than us … AND spread out as a cost per person it is much cheaper for them (say $9100 per )having a population twice ours. For us that figure is $27,000 using a more realistic construction figure.
    PM… look at those figures again ,, I do not believe you will get any change out of say $1.75bn (EC). Let us base our discussion around those sorts of figures.

    • NUWPl
      April 24, 2017

      I will like you to first tell me how u come to that total. Cus you don’t know dog burst fowl head but u just quoting figures like Lennox did for the Layou river hotel project. Now u see all those numbers he is paying for it. But your criticism is nothing new. We are going all the way with the project and your advice and comments are not needed. Our country is moving well without you all support for 17 years. We can do without it for the next 21 years by the time our PM will be 65 years old and Lennox will be 87 years. Dis mean Lennox is already on retirement age. So just as u all said night landing won’t take place our INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL BECOME A REALITY. So goodbye to you all negative energies. It is counterproductive and our country already grow dat out. U all ask for it now it is coming all u against it. Hahahahah. Woooosh look some sot politicians we gasa. We just laughing u all and doing our thing. Time will come wen all u will realise we not taking all u on.

      • Calibishi Warrior
        April 24, 2017

        Are you for real?? I have only ever voted Labour … Don’t really know what you are talking about. Where did I get my figures from?.. I am just a mere commentator and citizen… Isn’t that a question you should ask of the Prime Minister? .. Still.. Let me google that for you https://www.quora.com/How-much-would-it-cost-to-build-an-airport.
        Next time do your own homework.. slavery abolish long time…

    • Let The Truth Be Known
      April 24, 2017

      As a Vincentian informed me, prior to the completion of their international airport, a certain portion was demolished and had to be re-built which is why their airport completion was delayed.
      I would not criticize the cost of this proposed D/ca Int’l airport or compare it with St. Vincent’s. It makes no sense. Why waste your time? St. Vincent is different from Dominica.

  70. zandoli
    April 24, 2017

    Folks you heard it here first. This is a BS figure. That is like saying you are going to buy a house in a major city for $400,000, but you have not identified the location of the house. We all know a house in an undesirable area might cost $400,000, but you go to a swanky area and the same house will cost three times that amount.

    So to say the airport “all in” will cost US$220 million is meaningless because depending on the topography and soil structure, the cost might or most likely to balloon to US$600 million.

    Do us all a favor and do not insult our intelligence. When you have located a spot, done the soil studies, then come to us with a projection. Until then, any number you present to us is BS.

    • Calibishi Warrior
      April 24, 2017

      That is not really true … the cost of land and costs of construction are not related in that way. Concrete costs the same wherever you are in Waitikubuli … Morne Daniel or Tarish Pit. Reasonable estimates can be made assuming the more realistic areas to locate the airport even without the aid of prior surveying. . I just believe that someone has been overly optimistic on advising the PM .

      • zandoli
        April 24, 2017

        Do you really believe once they have an “idea” of where it will be, WITHOUT prior soil studies, they should have a reasonable figure on the cost?

        I am not an engineer, but I know enough about soil and hydrology to know that is the furthest from the truth.

    • Sandoli, Skerrit knows the location where the Airport can be built, the land is already bought and paid for, more than twenty years ago there were contractors, and engineers from Trinidad & Tobago on the island ready to build the International Airport.

      The government of Trinidad & Tobago lent the UWP government 80% of the total cost, Skerrit and his collegues chase the people out of the country, stating “we doh want no international airport, because Antigua and Barbados have one already!”

      That Mountain Chicken Mentality Roosevelt Skerrit is reluctant to use the already purchased sits, simply because the land was purchased by the UWP. Finny thing all of the old labor clown who opposed the building of the airport are all dead; may God will rid the country sooner or later of all the labor party idiots including Skerrit who is blocking progress in the country.

      Ignorance, stupidity, corruption, and victimization must go!

    • NUWPl
      April 24, 2017

      Hahahahahahahha. Morjaaaaaaayyyyy. Did you read what you said? Hahahah. U call the total BS and u saying it “might” depend on the soil??? Did I see dat? And because of the soil in woodfordhill it “might cost 600 billion US”? Hahahahahah hahahahahaha boy where they get all u nah really? Boy ignorance is like a sickness especially coming from people who went to school. But again who is their leader nah? So wat u expect?? Hahahahahaha. Boy some of u all giving it to me on here we. Keep it up. While u all interested in marching against development we developing Dominica for Dominicans INCLUDING YOU ALL WHO ENJOYS IT MORE DAN US.

  71. REAL!!!!!!
    April 24, 2017

    Skerrit is a waste of time.

    1. You had friendly GOVT, Venezuela,Morroco and China for the last 17years to give you money for an INTL airport yet nothing was done and know you are going to use CBI money….INCOMPETENCY!!!!

    2. How did you reach costing without any EIA study on the area…VOODOO COSTING!!!

    3. If we cannot get friendly GOVT to assist us now to build the INTL airport then it should be put on hold.
    We should use the CBI monies for sustainable projects in agriculture and manufacturing . Once we turn around and build a stronger economy then we will be able to finance our Airport.

    • FORKIT
      April 24, 2017

      you have more sense than the finance minister

  72. truth ,no lie
    April 24, 2017

    boy look lie, Every time elections is around the corner ,Skeritt is coming with a airport, Last election he said he came from china with a international airport in his pocket, all labourites were jumping, Why are they not asking him ,Where is the airport he came with from china? and where did he build it?, No wonder he continues to lie to them,He fooled them once, twice ,three times ,and he continues to fool them,250,million cannot build a international airport,, St Vincent already spent 750 million, and is still incomplete, , He spent 200 million on the melvinhall airport ,How can 250 million can build an international, Lie Lie Lie,as always

    • Jonathan St jean
      April 24, 2017

      The bad advice from the Nassief boys is the reason why so much money and effort are now wasted at Melville Hall.They figured that once night landing was made possible that would suffice,how wrong.Now they are among those who have received passports to sell.I guess Skerritt didn’t want the Nassief boys to know about the international airport that’s why he kept it secret until now.

    • MOT
      April 24, 2017

      Truth, No Lie,

      Good observation. The King of lies and deception is planing to build airport in Dominica, the land of the fool for EC$162 million less than the airport in St Vincent which is still incomplete. The truth is Skerrit has no plans of building any airport in Dominica and he is only fooling Dominicans as he always does. I hate to say it but I have come to the point where nothing the PM says is taken seriously because he is a pathological liar.

      Amidst all the talk about financing for an airport in Dominica, didn’t Tonge, the Minister of Tourism say that the money is in the Treasury???? Skerrit should ask Tonge for the money.

      Finally, if the plan is to build an airport in the medium term, why WASTE all that money on the DEATH TRAP called MELVILLE HALL AIRPORT????

  73. Fake news
    April 24, 2017

    “According to the Prime Minister, last year the government engaged a firm to do a feasibility study of the possibility of an international airport for Dominica and to advise on the best-suited site.”

    For goodness sake DNO, what is the name of that firm that Skerrit said he engaged to do a feasibility study? A NO name firm? How much has it cost Dominica for this so called feasibility study? After all, no one is going to come to Dominica for nothing man. This is just rubbish and it is a shame, a very BIG shame that DNO and the rest of the media reporting this nonsense and NO one is able to say they questioned the PM. What a shame on journalism in Dominica! Skerrit comes and says what he wants knowing he will not be questioned by the media.

    ADMIN: If the media has not been given the opportunity to ask that question, how can it be reported?

    • Big Poom
      April 24, 2017

      The same way Mat can call people live on air and ask them to clarify certain positions or for more information, whats wrong in calling the office of the Prime minister for clarification???

    • Fake news
      April 24, 2017

      But DNO, if after 12 years office the media the media has been denied the opportunity to question the PM then the media should stop letting Skerrit embarrass them and make them look like elementary school children. The media MUST understand that their key role in any civilized country is to inform or educate the people. The question is, how can you educate when you are not allowed to ask questions? Your question is, how can the media report if they can’t get answer? Well two things the media can do: 1. After reporting what Skerrit says their should be a disclaimer stating that the information CANNOT be verified because the PM does not allow questions 2. The media should just ignore what he says and don’t report his propaganda unless he makes himself available to the media. As long as you keep reporting his nonsense without being able to ask questions he will continue to make you all pass like children. Trump tried that but the media did not allow him to.

      • star
        April 25, 2017

        i have to agree with you… stop report foolishness that have no accountability

  74. Real recognize Real
    April 24, 2017

    220 million?
    Dat cheap man
    So dem man could build that all d damn time.

    • Let The Truth Be Known
      April 24, 2017

      Think of what you could do with US 220 million and how long it will take you to spend it. Not all in your lifetime even though you lived to be one hundred years and over.

    • Sakah boy
      April 25, 2017

      Dead cheap !!. let us build it !!

    • ??
      April 25, 2017

      That’s just for the runway…

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