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Air service to Dominca resumes

Dominica's Douglas-Charles Airport after mudslide caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
Dominica's Douglas-Charles Airport after mudslide caused by Tropical Storm Erika. PR NEWSWIRE

Hit hard last month by Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica’s Douglas-Charles Airport had to cancel all flights. The airport was flooded, swamped by mud and severely damaged.

Ferries beefed up service between Dominica and nearby islands in the Lesser Antilles, helicopter flights resumed, and some air traffic flew in and out of Dominica’s smaller field, Canefield Airport.

But now the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has approved the resumption of commercial flights. LIAT started flying to Dominica again on Sept. 18 from Antigua, Barbados and Guadeloupe. Seaborne Airlines resumed service from San Juan this week. Winair has been flying limited flights into Canefield Airport, but will start restoring flights to Douglas-Charles Airport Oct. 3 and expects to be back to full service in November.

“We continue to see daily progress in the tourism sector,” said Colin Piper, Dominica’s director of tourism. “Fans of the Nature Island will be pleased to know that most of their favorite locations and activities are operational and ready for their next visit.”

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