Traffic at St. Maarten airport drops

POSTED: 02/15/13 1:36 PM

St. Maarten – The latest traffic development figures from the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) indicate a slight decrease in traffic in 2012 compared to the preceding year.

While scheduled aircraft movements showed a slim decline of 0.1 percent, there was a robust increase of 9.18 percent in cargo movements. Overall, however, the total aircraft movements at the airport including landings and take-offs dipped by -2.33 percent in 2012 in comparison with 2011.

Charter, corporate jets and general aviation all suffered significant drops in the period under review. Charter flights decreased from a total of 661 in 2011 to 512 in 2012, a decrease of     22.54 percent. General aviation also plummeted from 7,671 flights in 2011 to 6,721 flights in 2012 or a drop of -12.38 percent. The biggest drop percentage-wise, however, was in military aircraft which dipped to -30.59 percent with only 59 movements in 2012 versus 85 the preceding year.

“We are naturally monitoring these figures very closely and analyzing them,” Managing Director of the airport, Regina Labega said.

“These figures bear out the need to improve our facilities in order to be able to accommodate especially corporate jets and general aviation which have had to divert to neighboring airports due to inadequate parking facilities for them at the airport,” she added.

A portion of the $132 million bond issue the airport just concluded will be allocated to this expansion as part of the Capital Improvement Program which is about to take off shortly.

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