The Caribbean Court of Justice today dismissed a matter which challenged the renaming of the Ogle Airport to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport under the former Government.
The matter was filed by Air Services Limited and others, who contended that the process of renaming the Airport was not done properly, since there was no proper consultation.
In 2016, the then Government announced the renaming of the Ogle International Airport to Eugene F Correia International Airport, sparking some level of debate among some airline operators who complained that they should have been fully consulted.
But the Caribbean Court of Justice today ruled that the duty to consult in this case was properly done and was fair to the parties involved.
According to the CCJ, based on the evidence presented, the operators at the Airport were consulted and were able to discuss the name change, among other issues, at a meeting with the Minister on the 18th November 2015.
The Court pointed out that after the meeting, the same operators provided a brief to the Minister of all the issues that were discussed and those issues included the name change.
The Court found that the Minister took their concerns seriously enough that he commissioned a legal review of the lease of the airport.
The Court found that there was no need for further consultations, as advanced by the appellants.
When the Ogle International Airport was officially renamed the Eugene F Correia International Airport in 2016, seven of the domestic airlines and an association formed by them sought a judicial review of the Minister’s approval of that name change.
The orders sought were refused by the High Court and the appeal against that decision dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
The applicants then decided to go all the way to the CCJ and the matter has now been grounded, with the Eugene F. Correia name to remain.