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May 20, 2015

Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations


As we told you, there has been major upgrading of the Municipal Airstrip which, to the minds of the carriers, was long overdue and sorely needed. It is widely perceived that the existing airstrip, perched precariously just feet from the sea, was not safe. Even with the renovations, the facility is still just a short distance from the sea, so we asked Grief to speak to us about safety, now, and when the upgrading is completed.


Mike Rudon

“You mentioned the municipal airstrip. I notice one runway is almost complete; can you speak to us about safety? Is this relatively speaking, a safe runway or a safer runway than it was?”


John Grief III

John Grief III

“Like is said safety is relative, the existing municipal airstrip as it is, is safe but when it is finished it will be safer. We have learnt from other people mistakes, there is a taxi way so a plane can taxi down to the end of the runaway and wait while other planes land and it speeds up the movement the amount that the airport can take. So we build the taxi way first and now we are going to use the taxi way as a runway while we fix the old runway pack it let it settle and re do it,. So that should take about another year, when that is finish what is now the temporary runway will be the new taxi way to taxi back to the new improved runway which we will be able to use. So efficiency will increase, safety will increase and the perception, it will be a better looking airport will increase for our locals and our tourist.”


Mike Rudon

“In terms of how the industry is growing ant eh work being done at what point will the work need to expand or will there need to be more work done to meet the demands of the industry?


John Grief III

“Aviation by nature is dynamic, so planes whizzing through the air at two hundred miles per hour. So we don’t really know, we had an incredible year for 2014. 2014 was up by twenty percent for tropic over 2013. We didn’t see it coming so we were flatfooted, we had to buy more airplanes, and we had to pull back on other routes that we were expanding on internationally. But the improvement that are being done to the municipal should serve us way past mine and your lifetime and its difficult to plan past ones lifetime so I couldn’t speak to that.”


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1 Response for “Municipal Airstrip “Safer” After Renovations”

  1. venus says:

    Flying Passengers are being asked to contribute to an aviation accident that is waiting to happen. There is no Rader at the Municipal Airport so Pilots are taking off blind and are often in the path of incoming international flights. Upgrading the Municipal without Air Traffic control will only be hasting this possibility.

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