AIRPORT: Passenger arrivals at Princess Juliana International Airport are surging past those of corresponding months of the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Ludmilla de Weever announced in her weekly arrivals update that the airport has logged the highest arrival numbers since COVID-19. That number clocked in at 9,336 passengers based on latest figures.
May arrivals are 25 per cent higher than May 2019. “What’s important to note is that we have actually beat 2019 figures in US arrivals,” said De Weever.
Total number of people arriving from the United States, excluding residents, is 108 percent of what it was in May 2019.
“That is the good news … we are now beating 2019. It is very important for us to know,” said the minister.
“The popular belief has been that people are coming to St. Maarten and going off to the neighbouring islands, that is not the case. The majority of the people are staying here. This is the good news that our island is heading in the right direction [by] opening up earlier last year in a safe manner,” said De Weever.