Airport boss said project will be ‘challenging’

| 11/09/2015 | 1 Comment
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Owen Roberts Airport future redevelopment

(CNS Business): Renovating and expanding the Owen Roberts International Airport while keeping it open to the public will be challenging, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority CEO Albert Anderson said Thursday, but the management will do all it can to minimise the impact on travellers. He said much of the work will be done at night and when the airport is at its quietest. The roll out of the project will be in two phases, with the preparation project and new baggage terminal starting in less than two weeks, then the main phase beginning next March.

The main phase will be a complete overhaul of the existing facility, with expansion to the east and west, as well as some additional space being added to the front of the airport.

Anderson explained that in order to keep the airport open and functioning safely while the main construction is underway in phase two, it would be conducted in sub-phases, starting with the departure lounge and check-in lobby. After that the arrivals area will be expanded to the east and then the new arches will be completed, with the internal renovations finishing the phases.

“During this time we will do our best to minimise the impact on our passengers and maintain the safety and security of the airport,” he said. “This will inevitably cause us to zone off the construction areas with temporary walls so that the public is separated from the construction areas.”

As far as is reasonably possible work will be carried out during quiet periods and at night, it will still be challenging for passengers to navigate through when construction begins, Anderson said, as he asked for people’s patience as the CIAA spend the next two years working towards developing the new facility.

Anderson said the project would help take the airport from good to great, as he thanked staff at airport for making the facility as it exists at present work.

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  1. Bear Baiter says:

    WOW! What a lovely building! Almost, not quite but almost, as attractive as a WW2 Quonset Hut. (Anyone else old enough to remember those?) At least there’s plenty of roof space for solar panels. I sure hope government has seen fit to include them as it will save us lots of $$ in the long run!

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