Flight to St Barts possible again !
We’ve been monitoring the current situation at both the Saint Martin airport (SXM) and the St. Barts airport (SBH) and we’ve been seeing a gradual return to normal conditions on these islands. This is particularly true of St. Barts which sustained less damage and with the cooperation of local residents, is making good progress. The situation in St. Martin is much worse. The airport was almost completely destroyed, flights have been limited to health and welfare and for evacuation with the first commercial lights just starting this week. This week saw the return of the first commercial flights. There are only a few available hotels for tourists and tourist villas are call closed until next spring.
We are lucky that our flights have been returned to their original schedule – Berlin to Paris and then SXM and SBH. K1CC has managed to reserve a flight on Winair from SXM to SBH and has booked an overnight stay in St. Martin at each end of the trip. All these flights had been suspended thus far because of fuel availability and were subject to government approval for resumption of commercial flights. Our previously diverted flight to Guadeloupe would have been a huge inconvenience. The Winair flights between St. Martin and St. Barts have resumed on a limited schedule as of October 1 which have greatly simplified our logistics. We are now all flying together from St. Martin to St. Barts.
We welcome three new sponsors – SP7IDX Hex Beam Technology (manufacturer of hex beams and components), SPID Elektronik (manufacturer of antenna rotators and controllers) and GXP Antennas (manufacturer of a wide variety of HF and VHF antennas). We thank them all for their generous donations.