The test flights conducted at the Argyle International airport last November have found that the airport, so far, has met the requirements.
The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) did test flights to analyse the procedures of the airport and to see the behaviour of the airplanes on the west of the airport and on the runway.
Director General of ECCA, Donald McPhail told the media on Friday that his agency is satisfied with the test results.
“… all of them have been satisfactory,” he told a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves after a meeting with airport stakeholders.
“They have all met the requirements,” McPhail said of the flights.
The EC$729 million airport has been under construction for over seven years.
It has missed completion deadlines every year since 2011.
But head of the International Airport Development Company, Rudy Matthias, said he is confident that the construction work will be finished by midyear.
Asked what other test would be necessary after construction is complete before the airport is certified to received scheduled commercial flights, McPhail said:
“The main test will be an aeronautical study after we have done everything else, the aeronautical study will confirm that the entire airport, every aspect of it meets the requirements, the international requirements and that the airport is fit for purpose. It would indicate if we have overlooked anything and there will be a chance to effect the necessary corrections, but we don’t anticipate that we have left out anything.”
(Watch below our video of the landing of the test flights)