Airport SXM kicks off meetings with partners



Airport SXM and Anguilla officials meeting this week.



AIRPORT–The Princess Juliana International Airport SXM Management Team kicked off a series of meetings it will be holding with its hub partners during the first quarter of the year with an extensive exchange of information with Anguillian authorities.

  “The importance of meeting with the hub partners cannot be over-emphasised,” said Airport acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michel Hyman. “It is quite essential for the continued working relationship between the Princes Juliana International Airport and all its hub partners.” He said “partnership” depends on timely and effective communication.

  Anguilla Tourist Board Chairperson Donna Banks led the Anguillian delegation and said on Tuesday, “The long-term goals of a budding relationship were the core premise of the discussions.”

  Hyman said the Anguillian authorities were briefed on the overall extent of the damage suffered by Airport SXM, including the Air Traffic Service (ATS), in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and were given updates on the reconstruction of the terminal building which has been out of service since Irma struck the island.

  The delegation also received updates on the current operations and transit procedures at the Airport as well as a tour of the ongoing construction of tents to better serve travellers.

  “The Anguilla-bound transfer passengers are of great importance to Airport SXM and we are trying to fine-tune different avenues to avoid bottlenecks,” Hyman added.

  Other topics included ongoing negotiations for the establishment of US pre-clearance at Airport SXM and how this would affect the Anguilla-based passengers. Banks recalled the days when the hub partners came together to jointly seek new airline services and expressed the wish to see this happen once again.

  Hyman responded by stressing that it was the intention to reconvene the Air Service Development Committee (ASDC) meetings as soon as possible, which would facilitate the joint quest for new airlines.

  The Anguilla delegation comprised Anguilla Tourist Board Manager of Corporate Affairs Shellya Webster; Anguilla Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, Investment, Commerce and Tourism Product Development Officer Patricia Harrigan; and AXA-SXM Dock Port Manager Lesly H. Lloyd.

  The Airport SXM delegation included Chief Operations Officer Ravi Daryanani.

  Airport SXM is set to continue these meetings with all its hub partners – French St. Martin, St. Eustatius, Saba, Nevis, St. Kitts and Dominica in the coming weeks and months, according to a press release from the airport on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Herald