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DOMINICA-Prime Minister says Canefield airport not economical

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his administration has no plans to re-open the Canefield Airport, just on the outskirts of the capital, to commercial traffic because it is not economical.

“Every dollar we make at the airport, we are spending 25, so it is not a viable enterprise. I think eventually the people of Dominica will have to take a decision on it as to whether we continue to have it as an airport or some other facility,” Skerrit said, adding “at the end of the day you have to take a responsible decision of the contribution of the Canefield Airport”.

The airport was opened during the 1990’s under the then Patrick John government and Skerrit acknowledged its importance and proximity to the capital.

“I would rather fly into the Canefield Airport but at the end of the day it has to boil down to economics,” he said.

The Prime Minister also indicated that several “tens of thousands of dollars” had been spent on improving the road network from the Melville Hall airport, north of here, the island’s main airport.

“The second phase is under construction...it is a major project from the airport to town. It is costing the people of Dominica quite a bit of money to construct and we are committed to improving that because the main challenge has been the narrowness of the road and the dangerous bends and those things will be corrected once the roads are completed,” he added.

China is also providing millions of dollars for the construction of the West Coast road from Portsmouth in the north to the capital.

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