New terminal at GB Airport near completion

GETTING THERE —Workers from Treasure Coast Development Construction Company are in the finishing phase process at the new terminal at the Grand Bahama International Airport. Owners, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchison Whampoa are closing in on an official opening date. Godfrey Smith (inset) the island’s chief executive representative for Hutchinson has not been available for conclusive comments. The Freeport News tried repeatedly to make contact but couldn’t get a response. (PHOTO: FRED STURRUP)

The new terminal, at the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) location of the Grand Bahama International Airport is almost completed.

From all appearances, when a Freeport News team visited earlier in the week, the temporary site for both the domestic and international flights was at the stage whereby the finishing phases were being attended to.

The facility has been transformed and will supplement Western Air (which began operation soon following the passage of Hurricane Dorian) and in accommodating arrivals and departures to the island.

This daily revisited the terminal on the afternoon of Tuesday November 12.  Employees of Treasure Coast Development and Construction Co. Ltd., were working towards meeting the November 15 deadline for their scope of work.  Airport co- owners, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchison Port Holdings Limited, had indicated earlier that the terminal would be opened to the public his month.

Brent Lowe, Supervisor, Treasure Coast Development and Construction Co. Ltd., informed that he and his team continue working until after 10:00 p.m. on a daily basis to ensure that their projected deadline is met.

“We will be finished in time. We are on target,” he reaffirmed on Tuesday.

With a substantial amount of work completed since this daily’s previous visit to the terminal on Thursday November 7, it was evident that the Bahamian-based construction company of Treasure Coast Development and Construction Co. Ltd., was on pace for the scheduled completion date.

As for the remaining details to be completed post-construction work, for the overall operation of the terminal The Freeport News was unable to get an update from the principals.

This daily reached out to Godfrey Smith, CEO of Hutchison Port Holdings, Bahamas, for comment regarding when an official opening for the FBO could be expected. However, up to press time, he did not respond.

Last month, during a joint press conference with a number of stakeholders at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Smith expressed that returning the GBIA to some sort of normalcy following Dorian was of utmost importance, not only from a tourism standpoint, but the overall resurgence of the Island of Grand Bahama.

He stated: “Thankfully, the airport’s runway sustained no damage, but that does not mean that resuming operations will be an easy task.

 “A fully functional airport is vital to our recovery as an island.

“Not just from the traditional tourism standpoint, but also in getting Grand Bahamians back to work and giving them the means to participate in their own personal recovery,” said Smith at the time.

This daily has been informed that, the National Flag Carrier will commence operations from the FBO terminal, and, provide domestic and international flights. American-based airlines are scheduled to begin operating next month.

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