The Saba government has arranged additional ferry service to and from St. Maarten during the four-week closure of the Juan Yrausquin Airport in September and October, at a special price.
Residents of Saba and visitors will be able to choose between three ferry services, Dawn II, Big B and Edge and pay US $20 for a one-way ticket during the period that the runway is closed. A round-trip ticket will cost US $40. Both prices are excluding the passenger departure fees. The ferries will travel to and from Saba twice daily.
The airport will be closed from Monday, September 10, until Tuesday, October 9, due to the extensive renovation of the runway. On September 10, the airport will close at 7:00pm to allow for the last flight of that day to depart, while on October 9, the airport will re-open at 6:00am to receive the first flight.
The Public Entity Saba sent a message to local businesses earlier this week to apprise them of the cooperation established with the ferry companies regarding scheduling and pricing. This to ensure accessibility to Saba while the runway renovation takes place.
The departure locations on St. Maarten are: Dawn Il at the Dock Maarten Marina in Great Bay, Edge at the dock at the Simpson Bay Police Station, and Big B at the dock at Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg.
Tickets can be purchased for Dawn 11 via www.sabactransport.com , for Edge via www.seasaba.com or www.stmaarten-activities. corn and Big B via www.sabactransport.com or www.greatbayferry.com.
In the mornings, from Monday through Sunday, Dawn II will leave Saba for St. Maarten at 8:30. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings Edge will leave St. Maarten for Saba at 9:00. On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, Big B will depart St. Maarten for Saba at 7:45.
In the afternoons, on Monday, Tuesday. Wednesday and Friday, Edge will depart Saba for St. Maarten at 3:30. On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, this crossing will be carried out by Big B at 4:00. Dawn II will carry out the afternoon service from St. Maarten to Saba route daily, departing at 4:30.
The complete runway renovation is a major operation. Contractor Windward Roads during the four-week closure will replace the current asphalt layer with concrete. New markings will also be placed.
Between August 6 and 22, a test surface will be laid, which will include a helicopter platform behind the current platform.
Car parking options at the airport have been limited due to the construction activities and from August 6, no parking will be allowed. A kiss-and-ride location will remain available. The government is working on creating additional parking spaces across from the current parking, parallel to the second solar park of the Saba Electric Company (SEC).
The Daily Herald.