Flying to St Lucia is set to become much easier.
This Fall, the eastern Caribbean island will begin a major upgrade and expansion of its international airport.
Upgrade to Increase Airport Capacity
According to St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, a loan for the airport expansion has been approved and construction is planned to begin this fall.
The upgrade of the Hewanorra Airport in Vieux Fort in the south of the island is aimed at expanding capacity to accommodate over 1 million passengers per year.
“So it means that we are going to be commencing construction of the new airport this fall and the new airport is going to be able to have the capacity of one and a half million passengers,” Chastanet commented.
New Technology to Improve Travel Experience
The upgrade will involve the implementation of various new systems and technology to enhance the travel experience, such as facial recognition technology, delivery of passenger’s bags to their hotel and ‘on property’ satellite offices enabling passengers to check in luggage at their hotels instead of at the airport.
Boost to Tourism & Real Estate
The Hewanorra Airport is the main international gateway to St Lucia and this upgrade is expected to provide a major boost to tourism which has performed exceptionally well in recent years.
The additional capacity and extra airlift which would be expected to follow should also provide stimulus to St Lucia’s real estate market.