Nouméa international airport will remain closed until Thursday

Nouméa international airport will remain closed until Thursday
Nouméa international airport will remain closed until Thursday

Nouméa international airport will remain closed to commercial flights until 9 a.m. Thursday (midnight in Paris, during the night from Wednesday to Thursday), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Nouméa announced on Monday, May 20. New Caledonia, platform manager. Commercial activity has been at a standstill since Tuesday, despite requests in particular from Australia and New Zealand, who are demanding the ability to evacuate their nationals. Follow our live stream.

The blockages persist. The lines of communication remain blocked where the rioters have installed their roadblocks, particularly in the urban area of ​​Nouméa and on the road of around fifty kilometers which leads to the Tontouta international airport. The representative of the central State in New Caledonia nevertheless welcomed the “success” of the start of a vast gendarmerie operation against the roadblocks on this road, launched at dawn on Sunday.

“Catastrophic” consequences, according to the CCI. “The economic and social consequences of these riots are already catastrophic, we absolutely must preserve what little remains of our economy”implored the chamber of commerce. “To date, more than 150 businesses have been looted and burned, leaving more than 1 000 employees without work” And “the industrial zone of Ducos, the true economic heart of New Caledonia, is abandoned to its fate”, she is alarmed. The government of New Caledonia also mentioned a “crisis” of “access to care” linked to difficulties in accessing staff to health establishments. On the other hand, stocks of medicines and food are “enough”, he reassured.

Darmanin posthumously decorated the two killed gendarmes. A military plane carrying the remains of the two gendarmes who died in New Caledonia landed on Monday at the Istres air base, in Bouches-du-Rhône. During a tribute ceremony, the Homeland Security Gold Medal was awarded to Nicolas Molinari, 22, and Xavier Salou, 46 years old, by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Marie Guévenoux.

A new defense council Monday evening. Emmanuel Macron convened a new defense and national security council at 6:30 p.m. This is the third meeting of this type since Wednesday, when it was decided to establish a state of emergency.

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