The Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St. Maarten sprang back into operations Tuesday morning, following the passage of Hurricane Gonzalo on Monday.
SXM Airport had shut down at noon Monday as a precautionary safety measure consistent with international norms under similar weather conditions.
However, since the airport SXM did not suffer any major damage as a result of the hurricane, SXM personnel worked diligently from the crack of dawn to ensure the airport was re-opened by 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
SXM Airport was in close contact with the airlines, airport community, and all the other stakeholders in the period before the island was hit by Gonzalo, during and immediately after the passage of the storm and kept them all well-informed about developments at the airport.
It should be noted that the economic life of St. Maarten is often measured under these circumstances by what happens to and at the airport, therefore, bouncing back as soon as possible after a natural disaster such as Gonzalo sends out the right signal that St. Maarten is open for business.
“I want to thank all the SXM staff, particularly the Security Hurricane Response Team, which stayed back to secure the premises and other stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure that the airport was up and running again without any further delay,” said SXM Managing Director Regina LaBega in a written release. “This is not only good for business, it is also good for the image of the island.”