Is the Airport Open Yet?
Why? Perhaps it is some kind of social experiment to see how long Abaconians will simply grumble to themselves before making a racket?
What we know: the terminal itself has been mostly finished for at least a year. Permanent Secretary in the Min. of Works, Colin Higgs, has denied allegations that the design will be too costly to operate. Abaco’s economy, and indeed the entire country’s economy, suffers each day we rely on the old terminal. Min. of transport and Aviation described the old terminal as a “profound inadequacy.” The Dir. General of Tourism has confirmed opening the new terminal will allow for direct jet service from key US hubs like Atlanta. The Dir. General has, in fact, had talks with at least two carriers who have expressed interest in expanding into Abaco once the new airport is open. Everybody seems to agree that opening the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport is a good idea. But somehow we can’t get past the “punch list” for opening which now includes, according to Min. of Works’ Colin Higgs, protective roofing for luggage areas and issues concerning the staircase going up to the lounge.
Mr. Higgs anticipates the terminal being given its Certificate of Occupancy by the end of February. So, be sure to Check Back Next Issue for Another Exciting Installment in: Is the Airport Open Yet?