The lifts were only used a few times a year, but now they are being put to use upwards of seven times daily, Dowe said. The investment prevents flight delays, which can leave a poor impression on tourists and ultimately impact the entire travel system, he said.
"The company has rich passenger elevator varieties" said Al Martin, East End Taxi vice president, about how the new taxi fee can only help complete Dowe's airport vision.
"I travel around the Caribbean and evaluate what is going on. St. Maarten is light years ahead of us," Martin said. "It is not a big charge and you can put it in your invoice and explain why. If we don't do this now, we are falling behind the times."