Dominica receives certification for night landing to commence on September 8th, 2010
Dominica can commence night landing at the Melville Hall Airport from September 8th, 2010, after the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) granted the island certification last week.
Minister for public works and ports Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore, who made the announcement on Monday, said that the island can now facilitate landing and takeoffs at nights, having met all the standards set by ECCAA.
“Following these tests I can announce that we now have certification for both landing and take offs at the airport, preceding that we had received the green light for take-offs on August 10th, 2010,” announced Blackmoore.
Mr Blackmoore believes that this achievement is a milestone for Dominica and will serve as one of the developmental strategies aimed at bringing growth to the economy.
“In early 2006, government entered into a financial agreement with the Caribbean Forum for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States where more than $11 million was secured for the development of the island’s airport facilities, in preparation for night landing,” said Blackmoore.
Mr Blackmoore attributed to the hard work of several stakeholders and ministers, who made the dream a reality.
“We want at this juncture, to express our most profound gratitude to our benefactors which includes the European Union and the government and people of Venezuela and a number of local persons and professionals, ministers before me like Honorable Savarin and Honorable Austrie,” said Blackmoore.
By September 21st, the aiport procedure charts, which is a digital chart required by some airplanes will be completed.
The airport will also be equipped with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) facilities for air crafts. In the interim; a radar type system will be used with the assistance of navigators from Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The airport expansion project which is being funded by the European Union and the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is estimated at $84 million.