St. Maarten’s national airline Windward Islands Airways International Winair relocated its aircraft to St. Vincent prior to Hurricane Irma and currently the fleet is operating from St. Kitts, as fuel and security for their aircraft are not yet present in St.Maarten.
The airline has performed more than 60 relief flights evacuating non-nationals and providing transportation to legal residents of St. Maarten.
Winair suffered massive damage to its facilities and basic telecommunications, Internet, electricity and water were disrupted, making operations difficult. The company said the resilience of its employees who came to assist is noted and is much appreciated by all.
Winair is currently in the process of rebuilding and reintroducing a limited schedule serving Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barths, Antigua and St. Kitts, once authorisation is given by the appropriate authorities, Winair is optimistic that this will be granted by October I.
Tortola, Guadeloupe, Dominica and San Juan will be additional destinations once facilities and approvals are granted for resumption of service. Winair is working with appropriate authorities to introduce a frequent service St. Maarten-Curacao-St.Maarten to allow the public to connect with carriers serving Curacao.
Winair also will resume service to Haiti as soon as possible. The company has secured office space in Philipsburg to provide sales and reservation services to the public; expected opening date is Wednesday, October 4.
The Daily Herald.