Rescue and Fire Fighting Services became unavailable on December 24th after both fire trucks failed to start. The maintenance staff worked assiduously and successfully restored one vehicle into service that day.
On December 25th, the vehicle previously brought into service failed to start again, prompting the suspension of aircraft operations to South Caicos.
Airports Authority’s CEO, John Smith reported that as of today, flight operations into South Caicos Airport has been restored, adding “I want to thank the dedicated maintenance team who responded promptly and worked tirelessly to return the fire trucks to service.”
Mr. Smith in his remarks said “I apologize to the travelling public who were inconvenienced by the interruption of service. A new fire truck was ordered for South Caicos Airport, and is currently at a port in Florida waiting to be shipped to the islands.”
The new vehicle will replace the ageing fleet in South Caicos and boost the service provided there.
South Caicos Airport is in the midst of an upgrade which will see the repaving and lengthening of the runway, expanded aircraft parking areas, and new terminal, air traffic control tower and facilities for rescue and fire fighting services.