While speaking on NDP Radio on 5 January Deputy Premier, and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Hon. Kedrick Pickering announced that a few weeks ago Government embarked on the final part of the bidding process for the Airport Expansion project.
The Minister under whose portfolio the anticipated airport expansion project falls announced: “I just want to assure the listening public that the project is moving forward…The final addendum was issued to the three bidders in early December and that whole process is in trend right now.”
He added: “The process is moving forward and we are very anxious and excited that ultimately we would get this project completed to be able to serve.”
Hon. Pickering stated that this last task once completed will put Government in the position to make a selection: “This is the final part of the entire bidding process that would eventually put Government in a position to be able to choose who ultimately would be the company that would build the airport,” Dr. Pickering said.
The key elements of the proposed project include: Extension of existing Runway into the sea, Passenger Terminal Expansion and upgrade, Aircraft Ramp Expansion (G-5 aircraft, RJ’s; A-320; 737-800; other private jets), Sewage Treatment Plant and Fire Fighting system relocation, New FBO Facility. Pleasure craft water access-excavated channel, Inter-Island Ferry/Transport service upgrade/relocation, Trellis Bay Welcome and Visitor Center (Transportation Intermodal Center) that includes: crafts and gift shop, indigenous arts and craft manufacturing and museum, Live flora indigenous to Beef Island (lignum vitae stand of trees), Traffic Reorganization, and Car-park upgrade.
The Government invited Expressions of Interest that would also include an extension to the existing runway at Beef Island and concurrent upgrade/provision of Parallel Taxiways and other airfield systems expansion/upgrades to meet the airfield infrastructural needs to be generated from direct long-haul international flights and the consequent and current rapidly growing traffic demand. The new runway and taxiway system and corollary airfield improvements and associated works will be required to be operational by 2015.