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Discussion in 'Worldwide Airport Forum' started by Buschi2201, Mar 1, 2012.
Footage of Hurricane Irma hitting St Maarten
And eventually taking out the webcam.
Going to St Maarten later this year just my luck or as Victor Meldrew would say I don't believe it.
I'm having enough trouble convincing the wife Maho Beach is the place to go as it is, life's a bit of a b****r sometimes.
Oh well keep right on.
Sadly it looks like St Maarten airport has been practically destroyed by hurricane Irma.
Looking at the latest devastation at St Maarten and loss of life my earlier post re visiting Maho Beach seems inappropriate so
apologies for any offense caused and I hope that the island recovers quickly and also hope the rest of the islands fare better.
Just seen the horrendous scenes of destruction Irma has caused in the region. Truly shocking. What is certain is the islands will recover but they will need visitors and tourists to return as quickly as possible as that is the main industry in the region.
I've just been looking at the airports website which uses a strap-line of "The EXPERIENCE will move you." Clearly they weren't to know.
Here was a METAR report during Irma
Winds gusting to 160 Knots, over 180mph.
Just watching some horrendous footage on Sky News, it must be awful to be in it's path just waiting for it to arrive.
So sad that people have lost their lives
The link below has some images of the damage across the island.
This is SXM.
My parents visited the island a few years ago. They said they walked around the airport and watched the aircraft coming and going. It's hard to imagine how the islanders will recover from this starting from scratch.
I've actually visited a couple of times although only on cruise ships so only get a snap shot, however the Island is more wealthy than most and should be better placeed to recover especially given its Dutch /French background and come to think of it surely some of our rather large foreign aid budget could be used along with helping the other islands in this time of need.
It has been destroyed
The terminal damage is mostly water damage apart from the air bridges which appear to be destroyed. I would hazard a guess the airport will be one of the first parts of the island infrastructure to be up and running again, all be it in a scaled back way.
The airport is reported as open for "military purposes only" with aid flights to follow in a few days maybe as early as today. Obviously a return to anything like normal operations is a long way off.
Badly damaged yes, destroyed fortunately no.
KLM operated a special Boeing 747-400 combi flight from Aruba into Sint Maarten on September 16th on an emergency rescue flight to Pick up people in need of assistance and its stranded passengers
Link to Video on KLM news desk Twitter page: https://twitter.com/KLM_press/status/909034511995998208
Princess Juliana Airport will reopen to commercial flights on 6th October for airlines that want to resume flying there. The terminal building will not be open as it received $100 million worth of damage during IRMA and the roof still hasn't been repaired.
Date for reopening Princess Juliana Airport to scheduled commercial flights has now been put back to October 10th.