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The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1983, and is responsible for management island's two principal seaports -Castries and Vieux Fort - and the George FL Charles and Hewanorra International Airports, as well as the smaller points of entry which includes Soufriere, Marigot and Rodney Bay Marinas. SLASPA was created out of the merger of the St Lucia Ports Authority with the Airports Division of the Ministry of Communications and Works. This merger has created a unique position for the island by providing avenues to generate initiatives to maximize the assets held in its name and offer value-added services to its clientele.
In the late 1990’s, SLASPA diversified its investment portfolio with the construction of La Place Carenage, a fully air-conditioned, duty free shopping mall featuring a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment overlooking the Queen Elizabeth II Dock and the Castries Waterfront. La Place Carenage was further expanded in 2004. Another success story for SLASPA has been the CIP (Commercially Important Persons) Lounge at the Hewanorra International Airport which is open to First and Business Class passengers as well as members and walk-in patrons, upon payment of an entrance fee. SLASPA built a Ferry Terminal to cater to the growing number of Ferry passengers from Martinique to the island. The Ferry Terminal also features banking and restaurant facilities. SLASPA is also in charge of Moule A Chique and Vigie Lighthouses. Moule A Chique is reported to be the second highest lighthouse in the world and Vigie Lighthouse boasts a 360 view of the north of the island and surrounding environs.
SLASPA handles approximately 600,000 tonnes of cargo, facilitates over 800,000 travellers, safely lands 40,000 aircraft and berths over 1000 vessels per year. To put it into perspective, everything Saint Lucians and visitors eat, wear or drive from foreign markets and the inputs or machinery needed for local manufacturers actually comes through one of the ports of entry managed by SLASPA. Similarly SLASPA plays an integral role in the export of locally produced goods to foreign markets. With such an important role, SLASPA ensures that Saint Lucia’s ports of entry are well managed and has therefore invested heavily in service delivery over the past few years. Such investments include technology to improve operational efficiencies, procurement of additional cargo handling equipment, upgrading of passenger facilities at the airports and ferry terminal to improve comfort, reconfiguration of the cargo shed to improve speed of delivery, development of a port education campaign to empower customers and the wider pubic with information about Saint Lucia’s ports and most importantly employee development which was focused on training in a number of areas which included customer service.
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