Airport says phases 2 and 3 will be complete by year-end

| 24/08/2017 | 6 Comments
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Owen Roberts International Airport redevelopment underway

(CNS Business): With work on phase one of the Owen Roberts International Airport expansion project complete, officials said this week that they are also on target to finish phases two and three before the end of 2017. The first phase included the development of the new baggage handling and screening area, airline offices and a mechanical room. The next two phases include an additional exit lane in short-term parking, which will be completed by October, the enhanced ticketing area, scheduled for November, and the new immigration, customs and baggage claim areas in early December.

Officials from the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which owns and operates the ORIA, said that the final phase, which will be completed in late 2018, includes an expanded departure hall, food court, VIP lounge, restaurant, additional restroom facilities, children’s play area, lactation room for new mothers and a variety of concessions.

CIAA CEO Albert Anderson said the project was at the half-way mark and on track. “There are numerous moving parts to the project, and it has been so rewarding to witness first-hand the many leaps and bounds we are making to deliver a first-class facility that we will all enjoy,” he said.

The project was divided into phases over the targeted three-year period as the construction work has been undertaken while the airport remains open, with passengers coming and going on a daily basis.

“Our passengers, airport partners and staff have been very understanding and accommodating throughout this transition. We have inconvenienced them quite a bit, and we appreciate all of the support we have received while the necessary construction work is going on,” Anderson stated in a release. “A world-class terminal in the Cayman Islands is not far from sight now, and we look forward to sharing it with our residents and people from all across the globe.”

When it is finished, the project will almost triple the current size of the airport to accommodate over two million passengers per year. ORIA was built in the early 1980’s, and while it now processes over one million passengers per year, it is only equipped for 500,000.

Passengers can expect a complete renovation and an enhanced airport experience. As well as an increase in space, there will be additional gates, arrival baggage carousels and security x-ray machines. The project also includes the installation of sophisticated systems to help expedite wait times and provide efficiencies, including an electronic common use passenger processing system for check-in, including self-service kiosks, new departures baggage handling system, flight and baggage information display systems, geothermal air-conditioning system and new ambient noise controlled public address system.

Alongside the work inside the terminal, the CIAA has also put out a tender for designers to enhance the airside. Projects for this bid include strengthening the runway, remediating the airfield ponds, expanding the apron to the east and adding a perimeter road for airfield access vehicles.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you McAlpine for a very professionally run project!

  2. Anonymous says:

    A cooled arrivals waiting area and a taxi industry clued into airport passenger arrivals would be appreciated. This easy stuff has been neglected far too long!

    • Anonymous says:

      Here is a tip for travellers, copy one page of the relevant regulations, and when you arrive at the hotel ask the driver to see the mandatory schedule of fares to work out the cost. When they don’t have the schedule, you can walk away, as they have to have the schedule and use it and they don’t because most of them just want to rip you off, so it is fair game.

      • Anonymous says:

        like many other countries in the Caribbean and South America/Central America

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s the chronically ill-prepared, grumpy and overheated, CIAA taxi dispatcher that allocates three families per taxi. Not necessarily the cabbie’s fault the dispatcher is clued-out of arriving plane schedule and fails to make adequate preparations for ground transport. This is a training/system/supervision problem that results in over-stuffed taxis and a bad visitor/returning resident experience. CITA and DOT should demand review of the airport taxi dispatch system – it must dramatically improve before this coming tourism season. It’s not productive to take it out on the “handful” of cabbies that actually showed up to convey weary travelers.

    • Anonymous says:

      And if they could only warm up the departures area. Freezing in there!

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