Nearby buildings appeared to have had their roofs torn off and debris appeared scattered across the airport's field.
A fund launched by the Dutch Red Cross in the hours after the storm pummelled the island as already raised some 850,000 euros for the Dutch territory.
The airport was not destroyed, but it is not functional, said French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb.
Big waves smashed a dozen homes into rubble in the Dominican fishing community of Nagua, but work crews said all the residents had left before the storm.
Most communications with the outside world are being conducted via the military, he said, adding there was "no clarity" on victims.
French authorities say at least eight people died and another 23 were injured when the monstrous storm walloped the French Caribbean island territories.
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The Category-5 storm is among the largest and most powerful ever recorded from the Atlantic.
Of those wounded, 11 are in critical condition, Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said at a press conference.
Both carry personnel and vehicles, and have the capacity to make potable water.
He warned that there were renewed fears about oncoming Hurricane Jose, expected to make landfall in the area over the weekend.
Haynes, who is a British citizen, said they had contacted the United Kingdom consulate there but also made an appeal to the British consulate in Barbados to assist.
Irma is thought to be heading towards Florida where towns are being evacuated and people are preparing for the worst.
He said it was only a day later that lawlessness had started to become a problem in the Caribbean territory, home to five-star resorts and a multi-million dollar estate owned by President Donald Trump.