Critics say plans for airport and luxury tourist resort will be greater ecological disaster than Hurricane Irma

The government of the unspoilt Caribbean island of Barbuda is facing a legal challenge over an airport development that residents say will devastate its fragile ecosystem.

The school principal and social worker who have brought the case before the Antigua and Barbuda high court of justice on Thursday are asking for an injunction to stop the development after internal documents emerged showing that the authorities had been warned about major ecological as well as archaeological risks.

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