Extension works on runway at Douglas Charles Airport commenced: PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that extension works on the runway at the Douglas Charles Airport have commenced.

Extension works on runway at Douglas Charles Airport commenced: PM Roosevelt Skerrit
Extension works on runway at Douglas Charles Airport commenced: PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that extension works on the runway at the Douglas Charles Airport have commenced. The works are expected to be completed within three months of the start date.

Speaking during the press conference on Monday, PM Skerrit said that without getting too technical, the runway will extend westwards to give aircraft an overall available take-off run of 1936 metres from runway 09 (the mountain end), up from the current 1,756 metres.

The extension will have the added benefit of increasing 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.

PM Roosevelt Skerrit said that the improvements will keep the standards of ICAO and meet the approval of ECCAA. 

“I assure the public that these improvements are in keeping with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and meet the approval of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), “said the prime minister. 

PM Roosevelt Skerrit said that the upgrades are critical to secure increased direct flights from the United States mainland and other tourism source markets and for the realization of Dominica’s visitor arrival goal of 500,000 stay-over visitors by 2030. 

Besides this, PM Skerrit also extended an invitation to the members of the press to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Chatwell Farm Access Road, which will be constructed with funding from the European Union.

This will take place on Wednesday morning at Bellevue Chopin.

The Chatwell Road will serve as an important link road from Pichelin to Bellevue Chopin as we prepare to undertake the rehabilitation of the Loubiere to Bagatelle Road.

Further on the late payment issue, PM Roosevelt Skerrit said that he is aware of the issues with late payments being experienced by the students enrolled at Grambling University. 

“I assure the students that the Government is diligently dealing with this matter to ensure they are able to continue and complete their studies,”said the prime minister.