Regina LaBega asked to vacate airport post


By The Daily Herald 

AIRPORT,Sint Maarten — Princess Juliana International Airport SXM Managing Director Regina LaBega reportedly has been given eight weeks to vacate her post at the facility.

LaBega did not respond to an e-mail seeking a comment on the matter last night.

The Daily Herald understands that there were issues in connection with her screening by the national security service.

This newspaper also was told by a reliable source that Labega apparently was the only director of a Government-owned company who had been reluctant earlier this year to submit herself to the screening, which is now mandatory. It took several letters from Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs to convince her.

In addition, the Prime Minister did not agree with some of her decisions and what he viewed as the alleged lack of integrity with which they had been made.

Who will replace Labega for the time being while a new Director is sought remains unclear. This newspaper understands that the Supervisory Board of the airport operating company, which is chaired by Gary Matser, will hold an emergency meeting today, Wednesday.

The Prime Minister is currently on his first working visit to The Netherlands.