The refurbishment and redevelopment of airports in North Eleuthera, Exuma and Treasure Cay are set to commence as the government has entered into an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank for public-private partnerships.
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna–Martin had previously stated her intention to cooperate and partner with the private sector, which she said would reduce the strain on the public treasury.
The ministry also claimed to be close to “going live” with the acquisition of a new radar and the construction of a training building with state–of–the-art simulators, with the aim of reducing the time taken to train ATC operators.
Meanwhile, the ministry has recruited ten new air traffic control trainees and is now recruiting an additional ten Trainees. Legislation is also being created for the creation of a Family Island division of the Airport Authority.
Also stated was the intention to reform and expand several airports on the Family Islands.
“Now underway is work for the redevelopment of the Exuma International Airport, where design works are being completed for a new and expanded terminal and runway works and a new fire station. It is anticipated that infrastructural works will commence by the end of the year.
“Design plans for the North Eleuthera Airport are also being completed. Additionally, technical works are underway for the selection of new airport sites for South Eleuthera and Long Island.
“The Ministry of Works is finalizing design plans for terminals and runway works for Moore’s Island, Great Harbour Cay and Mayaguana”.
The statement continued on concerning the recently re-named Abaco airport, “The management of the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbor, Abaco will be fortified and supported through a technical support arrangement with Vantage Airport Group (VAG), which currently manages LPIA (Lynden Pindling International Airport) and the terms of that arrangement are now being finalized.”
The Leonard M. Thompson Airport is becoming an increasingly busy airport, and its smooth and reliable operation is tantamount to the stability and independence of the Abaconian economy.