During a trip to Abaco on July 5 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis, indicated that work at the new Marsh Harbour International Airport is expected to conclude in about eight weeks.
Mr. Davis said that he is pleased with the progress seen at the terminal and that they are addressing what they call the “punch list” at the moment.
“The challenge they have at the moment is relocating the generator and the energy system for the lighting of the airport which is now going to be placed in the [control] tower, which was not part of the original plan,” he said.
The government reviewed the change order for the work to be done and assessed the additional costs. Mr. Davis said the work has been authorized to commence and it is hoped that it will not cause any inordinate delays.
The control tower has its own generator and now the terminal’s back-up generator will also be located at the same place. Additional trenching will be done and will go around the runway to connect at the tower.
Mr. Davis noted that there have been some hiccups in the commencement of the security booth and fence. “There is a mismatch between what was originally thought was necessary and what is in fact necessary and that is being addressed. Those hiccups are being resolved and the works will get off expeditiously to coincide with the completion of the whole process.”
Mr. Davis also said they are seriously contemplating extending the runway and are looking at adding at least an additional 600 feet to accommodate larger aircrafts. “With the airbuses there is a question of the wingspan (the Airbus 330 has a wingspan of 192 feet) so we are looking to be able to accommodate them,” he said.
He concluded that “the fact of the matter is that the investment in the terminal mismatches the runway and the type of aircraft the runway can accommodate. So we are seeking to find a balance between the two.”