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Government committed to continuing airport reconstruction

POND ISLAND – The Government of St. Maarten says it remains committed to the continuity of the Princess Juliana International Airport Terminal Reconstruction Project. The internal management changes at the airport “have no bearing on this commitment.”

Government said on Wednesday evening it will ensure agreements for the reconstruction project with the World Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are upheld.

The restoration of the airport to its full potential “remains a high priority” for government. “Its timely completion is critical in fully restoring the country’s damaged economy as a result of the devastating 2017 hurricanes and the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic,” said government.

As sole shareholder of the airport, government plans look into whether the proper procedures were followed with the dismissal of Airport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Mingo earlier this month.  Based on the agreements with EIB and the World Bank, the airport supervisory board must inform the two financiers of the termination of the CEO’s contract and his replacement on the management board.

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