The little planes may take only 19 people at a time, on four flights a day to Antigua and St Maarten, but Montserratians see the air link as highly symbolic after 10 years as virtual refugees on their island, moving farther north as their homes in the southern two-thirds were destroyed or the danger zone was extended.
They are already calling the new airport "our gateway to the world".
The helicopter flights to Antigua were expensive and hard to get seats on.
The ferry ride, of more than an hour, was gruelling over the huge Atlantic swells.
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After the police band played "God Save the Queen" - the island is one of Britain's few remaining colonies, now called overseas territories - Chief Minister John Osborne told Caribbean dignitaries and cheering children: "This is a day of celebration and new beginnings, of rejuvenation and rebirth.
To great fanfare and cheered by a quarter of the island's 4,800 remaining residents, the first fixed-wing plane for eight years flew in to a new airport, squeezed on to a rugged plateau at Gerald's, in the northern "safe zone" where the remaining islanders live in an area of only 13 square miles.And there had been no eruption in recorded history.By August 1997, the steam had given way to massive eruptions of magma, and Plymouth became buried by pyroclastic flows of red-hot ash, gas and rock, turning it into a modern-day Pompeii.Hardly anyone on the island had been aware that the ring of peaks above Plymouth formed the rim of a still-active volcano.These rolling hills just did not look the way a volcano is supposed to look.