Airports throughout Jamaica, Mexico and Belize were shut down at press time as Hurricane Dean plowed through the Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula. In Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica Airport and Norman Manley International Airport remained closed for more than two days following the storm. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was the first to re-open, 24 hours after aviation operations were suspended.
The emergency-planning division of charter operator and broker Air Partner International swung into action to rescue clients from Hurricane Dean’s destructive force. The London-based operation implemented evacuation plans that marshaled Gulfstream IVs, Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s and Saab 340s chartered at short notice to fly customers away from locations threatened by the huge storm.
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.