Roseau, Dominica: Minister for Tourism of Dominica- Denise Charles led a site visit to the Douglas Charles Airport Runway Extension Project to see first-hand the ongoing work.
During the site visit, Denise Charles received an update from the contractors. Minister Charles is pleased with the progress thus far and is looking forward to the completion of the project by October this year.
The extension of the runway at the Douglas Charles Airport is an important project currently underway. The airport runway is being extended by 185m and includes upgraded apron parking and grooving to improve safety on wet days.
Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit also added that the runway will extend westwards and provide aircraft with an overall available take-off run of 1936 metres from runway 09 (the mountain end), up from the current 1,756 metres.
While providing several benefits, the extension will increase the declared landing distance available on runway 27 (sea end) by 67 metres to a length of 1,808 metres.
The runway will also be grooved to increase safety when wet, thereby increasing pilot confidence on landing.
In December 2021, American Airlines began direct flights from the mainland USA to Douglas Charles Airport. Close collaboration with American Airlines has enabled the identification of improvement opportunities for the Douglas Charles Airport, which is currently being implemented.
The Government of Dominica is driving to rapidly develop the tourism industry and is cognizant of tourism’s significant contribution to economic development on the island.
In recent years, Dominica has received numerous international accolades and recognition, which indicates that the investments in tourism in starting to bear fruit.
Dominica is also gearing up for the staging of the World Creole Music Festival 2023, which is scheduled to be held from October 27 to 29, 2023. The festival will feature exciting artistes to showcase the musical heritage of the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.
Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts and the ATeam Band, TK International, Zouk All Stars, and many more incredible artists await for three nights of unforgettable Caribbean rhythms in Dominica.
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