Martinique is set to significantly enhance its place on the Caribbean tourism and real estate map.
Plans to Double the Size of Martinique’s Airport
The French Caribbean island has announced plans to double the size of its airport which will improve access to the island and expand passenger capacity.
The expansion of Martinique’s Aimé Césaire International Airport is expected to enhance the popularity of the island, which is an overseas region of France in the Caribbean and an increasingly popular tourism destination for visitors from France, the USA and the wider Caribbean region.
The project will involve the development of new parking, international departure area with shops, security area and 11,000 square feet of boarding and departure lounge at the western and eastern ends of Aimé Césaire Airport.
SAMAC (Société Aéroport Martinique Aimé Césaire) – the airport authority – expects the expansion to be completed by 2020 in order to “provide Martinique with a modern, operational and efficient airport, in compliance with European aviation regulations, and capable of absorbing increasingly dense passenger traffic.”
Airport Currently Serves 1.86 Million
As one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the Caribbean which grew by 6.6% last year, Aime Cesaire Airport served 1.86 million passengers, 13 airlines and 18 destinations in 2016.
This represents an increase of 9.9% on the previous year, due to the introduction of new flights from North America by airlines such as Norwegian.
Plans to Service 2 Million by 2020, 2.5 Million by 2030
With the expansion, the airport is aiming to welcome 2 million passengers p.a. by 2020 and 2.5 million passengers p.a. by 2030 which will be welcome by travel agents, tourists and property buyers searching for Martinique real estate.