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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.
SXM Airport Breaks Ground for New FBO Building
Photo caption: L-to-R Guillermo Lares – Signature Flight Support Area Director for the Caribbean and Latin America, Michel Hyman – COO/Acting CEO PJIAE N.V., Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher – Minister TEATT, Michel Hodge – Member Supervisory Board of Directors PJIAE N.V., Steve Kong – Managing Director TLC Execujet.
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (Sunday, November 12, 2017) - Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher did the honors on Friday with regards to the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the new Fixed Based Operator (FBO) facility at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).
Congratulating the management and board of the airport both past and present for all their effort to get this very important project off the ground, the minister said, although the island is not at the moment “under the ideal circumstances and our beautiful airport still has some ways to go to regain its splendor, the ground-breaking of a new FBO facility is a positive and hopeful sign for the future of our international airport.”
Also speaking at the ceremony was Mr. Michel Hyman, COO and Acting CEO of SXM Airport who said “The new FBO facility for which we are breaking ground today forms a very important part of our Capital Improvement Program.” He recognized the hard work of “all those who went before me in preparing the ground work that has made this day possible.”
According to Hyman, “It is now going on to 30 years since the first call was made for an FBO facility at this airport. In fact, the growth of the General Aviation sector in pre-Irma St. Maarten has been such that we were ranked second only to The Bahamas in this region where it concerns accommodating luxury jets.
“Around this time of the year, we had all grown accustomed to seeing many of these private jets parked at our airport. As a matter of fact, in 2013 and 2014 we had to turn away about 70 and 60 requests respectively for such private jets to use our airport. Those aircrafts had to go to other airports, and once they find a new welcoming home, it usually becomes even more difficult to attract them to return to SXM. Modernizing our FBO facility, therefore, will certainly offer a good incentive for them to come back,” he said.
Hyman continued: “I must similarly say that the new facility is guaranteed the continued services of the two major FBO operators at SXM Airport, namely Arrindell by Signature and TLC with whom we have already signed non-exclusive agreements. The two operators will offer passenger, ground handling and into-plane fuel services for General Aviation from the new, state-of-the-art FBO Terminal when this is completed.”
He concluded by saying: “Today, we are taking what might seem like a small step for us at SXM Airport, but which, I am sure, will turn out to be a giant step for all of St. Maarten and our hub partners, as we seek to regain and even surpass our market share in the General Aviation sector.”
Also attending the ceremony were representatives of the Supervisory Board of Directors of PJIAE N.V., the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Arrindell Aviation by Signature, TLC Execujet, Studio Acht and of Taliesen Construction.
Glad to see they are repairing the infrastructure, I am still hoping to visit there at sometime in the near future.
The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) Beach Cafe webcam is back up and running but this time they are asking for a donation to use the service.
Maho Beach Cam back ONLINE
We are finally able to bring you live sound and video from St. Maarten and Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). After a herculean effort by PTZtv, we have a new camera in place on a newly rebuilt mount held fast by over 1,000lbs of concrete. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and video from this recovery visit to St. Maarten and the Maho Beach area.
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