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St. Lucia’s larger of two airports, Hewanorra, will be expanded. And it’s about time due to the island’s increase in tourism.
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.