According to the Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, this is the last editorial I’ll write about the unopened airport. According to Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, I will be delivering the next “Abaconian” to newsstands in the Leonard M. Thompson International.
May 27 (this year) is the latest deadline. Unique in the history of our airport deadlines in that it is a specific day and not a vague “end of month.” The only question now is will that deadline hold. Or will Abaco face the same humiliation she has endured in the past.
You will have to forgive my tone, dear reader, if I sound skeptical. We’ve been covering the development of the airport, or more accurately the lack of development, since April 2012 when FES Construction confidently assured the public that the airport would be ready for September that year.
So what happens if history repeats itself? What happens when May 27 breaks and the doors remain closed? What happens when June rolls through? August? 2015? This isn’t silly hypothetical, we’ve been jerked around this unbelievably before.
So what do we do? Do we continue to accept excuses? We have so far. Maybe we get treated exactly how we deserve.
Let’s pump the brakes. Let’s be optimistic. A lot of signs are pointing to this being a legitimate opening that is being planned for May 27. Besides “Official” word from Mr. Curry, different contacts involved with the airport are confirming the date as well.
So here’s the deal. The next issue of “The Abaconian” is going to be an AIRPORT SPECIAL. Front Page coverage, history of the airport, quotes and stories, special headers… the whole shebang.
The Special Issue will run. If the airport is actually open depends on those who have made the promises. It would be a true shame to miss another deadline. A true shame.