Back in Business: A Look at the First Flights that Landed Yesterday as SXM Reopens (Photos/Video)

There’s no question about the significance of Sint Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) when it comes to tourism in the Caribbean, with nearly 300,000 passengers that passed through the airport in 2015 on their way to another island. And never has the Caribbean been more in need of tourism than in today’s post-Irma world.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, SXM reopened for the first commercial flights since Hurricane Irma hit. It was an historic day and a major milestone on the way to recovery for not just Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin, but for all of the Caribbean islands that were affected by the devastating 2017 hurricane season.

Prime Minister William Marlin and tourism officials meet and greet the first passengers coming off a Winair flight:

Delta Air Lines flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico arrives:

American Airlines flight from Miami arrives:

Trans Guyana Airways flight arrives:

PAWA Dominica flight arrives with pilot waving the Sint Maarten flag in a show of solidarity:

Please help rebuild SXM and give today. Click here to visit the SXM Strong donate page. Thank you!

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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