With two runways in the south of the island where issues and problems of land-based airports could be minimized by its location several kilometers off the residential area, The Ministry of National Development and Land Maintenance confirmed that the construction of the City of Mount Vema international airport should be completed by 2020.
Takeoffs and landings would be over water, not over populated areas, thereby eliminating noise pollution and reducing risks of aircraft crashes to the population. Since little of the ocean's surface is currently being used for human activity, growth and alterations in configuration would be relatively easy to achieve with minimal impact to the environment.
Water taxis and other high speed surface vessels will be a part of the offshore mass transit system that will connect the airport to the community with minimal traffic issues. Most of the airport will be made of floating structures which will have less impact on the environment than the 100% land-based alternatives.
The airport would not require much, if any, dredging or moving of mountains or clearing of green space and the floating structure will provide a reef-like environment conducive to marine life, and extra benefits to the community as wave energy could be harnessed, using the structure to convert waves into energy to help sustain the energy needs of the airport.