Labega and Richardson discuss airport cooperation

POSTED: 06/7/12 1:07 PM
(left to right) Alain Richardson, President, Collectivité of St. Martin (COM), Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, Economic Affairs (COM), Regina Labega, Managing Director, Princess Juliana Int’l Airport operating company N.V., Romeo Fleming, former Commissioner of Tourism in the North. (PJIAE photo)

St. Maarten – Managing Director of Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE), Regina Labega had discuss “very important and positive discussions related to cooperation” between both halves of the island with President of the Collectivité of St. Martin Alain Richardson at the president’s office last week. Former Commissioner of Tourism in St. Martin Romeo Fleming facilitated the meeting, which was convened at the initiative of the managing director. The “delegate” in charge of Economic Affairs in the new administration in Marigot, Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool, also attended the meeting.
“SXM is a hub airport and we would like you to feel that it’s your airport also,” Labega told the President of the Collectivité.
Labega said both parties agreed to cooperate in a number of areas, including the sharing of statistical data, and the setting up of a joint information booth at the airport between the tourist offices of both halves of the island. Parties also agreed that Princess Juliana International Airport would extend similar protocol courtesies to relevant officials of the Collectivité as is done with representatives of the government in Philipsburg and mutual cooperation in the area of General Aviation aircraft.
“We agreed that if there is no space at our airport to accommodate these aircrafts, they would be sent to the Grand Case airport rather than to other airports on neighboring islands,” Labega revealed.
Richardson desires synergy between Grand Case airport and the Princess Juliana International Airport and looks forward to seeing both entities working together in the near future.

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