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Airport project delay

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Airport project delay

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THE GRANTLEY ADAMS International Airport’s (GAIA) master plan for a spanking new concessionaries facility and other improvements is still on.

But logistic work is still to be completed, meaning the new-look section of the airport will not start until closer to the Christmas period.

However, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, told the NATION he was not perturbed by the slight delay to the project, since one of such magnitude should be undertaken patiently and done right the first time around.

“I like to be realistic,” he said in an exclusive interview about the project. “We have never done anything of this magnitude before, and it is a very delicate matter as well as an unprecedented one for Barbados. I am trying to get it done right so the process will go as fast as possible, while being sure-footed as possible.”

Symmonds revealed the process regarding the preparatory work, which included revision of the airport’s master plan, preliminary assessment of the scope of necessary remedial work, and the resolution of issues relating to titles of adjacent lands to be used, all had to be resolved before physical changes would be seen at the Seawell, Christ Church facility. (BA)

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