Seaborne Airlines will restart normal operations to Dominica on Sept. 23 with a daily roundtrip flight from San Juan.

During the time the Douglas Charles Airport in Dominica was closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Erika on Aug. 27, Seaborne operated 92 relief flights into and out of the region, including 76 flights in and out of neighboring Guadeloupe and 18 non-passenger flights into Dominica’s smaller Canefield Airport and Douglas Charles Airport.

The carrier will continue to support the island’s recovery efforts and will accept items such as medical supplies, bedding, towels, toiletries and non-perishable goods at its counter at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin Airport.

The government of Dominica has canceled its annual World Creole Festival, but the private sector will stage a series of relief concerts planned for the same dates Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

“The government must prioritize following Erika,” said Robert Tonge, minister for tourism and urban renewal. “We must focus on rebuilding communities and infrastructure and provide housing for those who were displaced.”

According to preliminary estimates, recovery costs for Dominica already top $220 million, according to Tonge.

The World Creole Festival, held for the past 17 years, typically jump-starts economic activity that precedes the peak winter season.

“While the tone this year will be less revelry, the series of relief concerts will aid economic activity and enable a sense of empowerment among the citizens,” said Tonge.

More details on concert plans and performers will be announced in the private sector in coming weeks.


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