Winair post Irma update

SIMPSON BAY — In a press release issued today by Winair, the company updates the general public on its present situation. The press release stated that Winair had  repositioned its aircrafts in St. Vincent prior to hurricane Irma and that currently the fleet is operating from the island of St. Kitts as fuel and security for aircraft are not yet present in St. Maarten. To date, Winair has performed in excess of 60 relief flights, evacuating non-nationals and providing transportation to legal residents of St. Maarten.

Winair suffered massive damage to its facilities and consequently basic telecommunications, internet, electricity and water were disrupted making operations difficult. Winair states that the resilience of the employees who came to assist must be noted and is very much appreciated.

Moving forward Winair is currently in the process of rebuilding and reintroducing a limited schedule serving the following destinations: Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barth, Antigua and St. Kitts, once the authorization is given by the appropriate authorities. Winair management is optimistic that this will be granted by October 1, 2017.

Tortola, Guadeloupe, Dominica and San Juan will be additional destinations once facilities and approvals are granted for resumption of service. Winair is working with appropriate authorities to introduce a frequency service St. Maarten – Curacao – St. Maarten to allow the public to connect with carriers serving Curacao. In conjunction Winair will resume service to Haiti as soon as possible.

Winair to open office in Philipsburg

Winair has secured office space in Philipsburg to provide sales and reservation services to the public, expected opening date is Wednesday October 4th.  Further press releases will be issued to update the public as developments are proceeding.

In closing, the press release states that Winair wishes to thank the people, respective authorities and agencies for their support.

Source: TODAY