$100M Expansion Underway for St. Lucia Airport

$100M Expansion Underway for St. Lucia Airport
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Break out the bubbly! 
St. Lucia’s larger of two airports, Hewanorra, will be expanded.   And it’s about time due to the island’s increase in tourism.

In a Nutshell:  Twenty years later and redevelopment of this airport gets the green light with work to begin by the end of this year.   Redevelopment of the current airport is long overdue and this revamp is to improve services for passengers and ultimately attract more tourists…and numbers are already on the rise.

St. Lucia’s Hewanorra airport currently operates a single terminal for both domestic and international arrivals and departures. It can certainly get overcrowded during peak travel.

With an investment of $100M+, plans will include expansion of the existing terminal and construction of a new terminal with air-conditioning, restaurants, shops and executive lounges.

The timing couldn’t be better as the airport has maxed capacity with 386,000 annual passengers and the news of additional flights on the way with American Airlines, JetBlue and United. Tourism accounts for 65% of St. Lucia’s economy and there are also plans for additional resort openings.

Something I just learned: Hewanorra International Airport was originally named Beane Army Airfield and was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces’ Sixth Air Force during World War II. Beane Field was activated in early 1941 with a mission to defend Saint Lucia against an enemy attack.

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About Donna Adinolfi 60 Articles
Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert and conscious living entrepreneur committed to promoting and writing about healthy lifestyles. She is the founder/publisher of MindfulAdventures.com and previously served as Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine. Her 30+ year career in travel also includes wellness travel planning & retreats and freelance writing/photography. She is based in Michigan and loves cross country road trips.

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