Military aircraft from Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Canada and France also moved nationals of those countries totaling approximately 500.
The Minister explained that as the relief flights are beginning to slow, government will look to announce when residents abroad can return home as well as the re-commencement of Commercial flights into the island. “It was quite an exercise assisting with the management of evacuation flights as well as the arrival of relief and humanitarian efforts into St. Maarten. Lessons were learnt and will be applied in future disaster/emergency situations.
There are many people, airport personnel, police, immigration, customs and Marechausee who dedicated hours upon hours on PJIA to ensure that the logistics and movement of people was as manageable as possible,” she said.