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Princess Juliana International Airport's 'Restoring a Princess' Series Earns Prestigious NYX Awards for Construction and Tourism

In December 2023, The Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) achieved a notable milestone by winning two NYX awards—one for Construction and another for Tourism. The NYX awards program celebrates outstanding achievements in the creative and marketing industries.

This recognition was earned through the "Restoring of a Princess" video series, showcasing the reconstruction of Princess Juliana International Airport post-Hurricane Irma. The awards include two physical accolades for 2023, bearing the airport's achievements.

The informative series can be seen on the YouTube channel of the airport, as well as on the Facebook and Instagram channels. 

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma severely damaged Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten. The "Restoring a Princess" series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the reconstruction, depicting the dedication to restoring the airport's glory from roof to basement. The videos were made by Gary "Gee Money" Euton and Darin "King Vers" Hodge under the assignment of PJIAE who wanted to share the rebuilding steps with its traveling guests through these series. 

The reconstruction project is funded by the trust fund designated for St. Maarten's rebuilding, the project is supervised by the World Bank and partially funded by the European Investment Bank. 

The completion is scheduled for Q2 2024, with the departure hall already operational since November 15, 2023. In 2022, the airport handled over 50,000 aircraft movements and nearly 1.5 million passenger movements.

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About Princess Juliana International Airport
Princess Juliana International Airport is the second busiest airport in the Northeast Caribbean and serves as a vital airport hub for Saba, St Eustatius, St Barthelemy, Anguilla, Dominica, Nevis, and Tortola. The airport stands as one of the largest employers on the island, with 305 workers employed directly and a total of 1700 workers within the entire airport community. In 2023, Sint Maarten airport expects to handle 1.5 million passengers and 54,000 aircraft movements. Reconstruction efforts at the airport commenced in September 2021, with the new terminal hall scheduled for completion in Q2 2024.

Historic Timeline
Princess Juliana Airport was officially inaugurated by Princess Juliana in 1944. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix inaugurated the new terminal building. PJIAE underwent a major reconstruction project in 2020, following significant damage to the main terminal caused by Hurricane IRMA in September 2017. After six years, the project is in its final stages and is set to be completed by Q2 2024.