Environmental considerations have been high on the agenda in drawing up the airport development plans. The design makes provision for all aspects of climate change. The roof system has been designed to allow for the installation of solar energy panels, and charging stations for electric cars will also be provided as required.
Flood mitigation works and other environmental mitigation will be part of the development. The final design of the HIA development is the result of a huge amount of consultation by SLASPA – with the Airports Council International (ACI), IATA, the Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, Saint Lucia’s military, aviation and development control authorities and a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including airlines, fuelling companies, taxi drivers, concessionaires, the Ministry of Health and the Met Office.
From its earliest stages, the master planning involved attention to the tiniest details, to ensure that the new facility fits international, regional and local protocols, and is suitable for updating and phasing as required. The project has involved huge effort on all sides and the result will be of national and international significance. With the newly revamped HIA, Saint Lucia will have the most advanced and attractive airport in the region.