St. Maarten Airport Reopens After Hurricanes Irma, Maria

St. Maartens Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) reopened to commercial service today following damage the destination sustained during Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Previously, the airport had only been operating military and relief flights.

According to the latest update from the airport, all airlines are set to resume operations, although some may do so with reduced schedules. Additionally, arriving and departing passengers will have to be processed at makeshift halls because of damage the terminal building sustained during the storm.

The terminal building is not yet operational. Rebuilding it will commence soon, said Michel Hyman, COO and acting CEO of the airport, in a written release. In the makeshift hall we will have kiosks to accommodate a variety of concessionaire services such as food and beverage.

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Hyman also said that all airport security measures would be operating normally in the makeshift facilities.

Flight Waivers

As airport operations resume, a number of airlines are still offering passengers with scheduled travel the ability to rebook without change fees.

Customers scheduled to fly on American Airlines through August 31, 2018, can rebook through September 30, 2018, between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference). Customers can also change their origin or destination city, but a difference in fare will apply.

United Airlines customers scheduled to travel through St. Maarten, as well as through St. Thomas and Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, through April 2, 2018, can rebook for new flights through that date between the same city pair in the same cabin. For rescheduled travel departing after April 2, 2018, or for a change in departure or destination city, United will waive the change fee, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued, and all tickets must be reissued on or before October 31.

Customers flying JetBlue through May 1, 2018, can rebook through October 15, 2017, for new flights to be completed by May 18, 2018.

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