Hurricane Dean Closes Caribbean Airports

 - August 21, 2007, 11:27 AM

Airports in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal, Mexico, remained closed this morning in the wake of Hurricane Dean, according to inspector Santana Martinez Villanueva at Cozumel International Airport. Martinez Villanueva told AIN that the eye of the storm passed just south of the Estado de Quintana Roo, the region where Cancun and Chetumal are located. He added that authorities will reassess the situation at Cozumel Airport at 3 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EST) to determine whether the airport will be reopened. Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, Belize, reopened at 9 a.m. (11 a.m. EST). Enrique Hoare, manager of operations, said, “The city sustained no damage at all. We were lucky.” In Jamaica, Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay reopened Monday night. As of this morning, however, Kingston Jamaica Airport and Norman Manley International Airport remained closed, according to a supervisor at the Netherlands Antilles Air Traffic Control Center at Hato International Airport in Curacao.