LIAT conduct successful tests for night landing at Melville Hall Airport

The vision of the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration to implement night-landing in Dominica is one step closer following a series of tests conducted at the Melville Hall Airport, last evening.


For the first time, both landings and takeoffs were tested at the Airport by a LIAT aircraft as well as bulking procedures.


Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Mr Benoit Bardouille said that they have received successful reviews so far, and is now awaiting the results of a debriefing from the testing.


“Once that debriefing process is done we will get to know if there are any amendments that need to be done. We’ve been given thumbs up by all the persons in terms of the runway lighting,” and elated Bardouille said.


Prior to the test, a team from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) was on island to inspect the facilities at the airport, following a report by the International Civil Aviation Authority who said that the facility was ready to accommodate night-time air traffic.


Mr Bardouille said that they are proud to announce that Dominica can now accommodate flights up to 10pm daily.


“At present, flights can leave Dominica up to 10 o’clock with absolutely no difficulty for departures. With regards to the landings at night, the tests are now done and DASPA is happy that everything went well, and with the initial reports, we expect a lot more.”


Minister responsible for public works and public utilities, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore said that Dominica’s dream of accommodating night-landing is now closer.


“I would like to take time out to thank the Ministers before me; Mr Charles Savarin and Mr Reginald Austrie, because it was said that we would never have night landing in Dominica, but its coming – its coming for all of us,” Blackmoore stressed.

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