Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten will reopen to
commercial flights on Oct. 10.
The damage to the airport from Hurricane Irma was severe, so
minister of tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher cautioned in St. Maarten's Daily
Herald that "even as we open our airport, we are still months away from
restoring PJIA to its former glory."
Although the airport is reopening, the minister said there
will changes in terms of passenger movement and security within the terminal
building to allow for repairs to continue.
"There might be some inconveniences here and there, but
we ask for patience as we work to get back to 100%," she said.
St. Maarten will have some hotel inventory available when
the airport reopens.
KLM said earlier this week that it would operate
twice-weekly flights from Amsterdam with a stopover in Curacao beginning Oct.