Dominican PM pledged commitment to international airport

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, has reiterated his government’s commitment to building an international airport.

However, Skerrit who made the disclosure on local radio said the government is incapable of funding the venture by itself.

“We’ve never been opposed to an international airport,” he said. “We’ve always articulated our support for the international airport; but, we’ve always put a caveat on our support for the international airport by saying that it would be impossible for the government, on its own, to finance the airport.”

Skerrit hinted that the government is exploring different avenues to achieve the venture.

“And, this is why we’ve been looking at different mechanisms towards the realization of the international airport; and, we are pursuing those opportunities,” he explained. “And once we are in a position to report to you firmly, then we will report back to you firmly.”

The Prime Minister also said the government intends to relocate the Douglas Charles Airport to a safer location.

The airport located in the community of Melville Hall was damaged during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika last year.

The cost of the damage was placed at EC$41million .

The airport again flooded earlier this year during heavy rains.

 

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