GB airport talks ongoing, temporary facility expansion continues

GB airport talks ongoing, temporary facility expansion continues
Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is continuing discussions with Hutchison Ports and the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) on the way forward with regards to Grand Bahama International Airport, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson yesterday.

Thompson was asked about the status of negotiations on the airport’s acquisition during a press conference yesterday.

He said work continues on the expansion of the temporary facility.

“We are continuing with negotiations with Hutchison Ports. We are in discussions with them on a regular basis. There are a number of things in that transaction that [have] to be completed. We have completed some and we are continuing with others,” said Thompson.

Thompson noted that in the interim, a temporary structure is open and fully functional, operating regular daily international and domestic flights.

“However, in addition to the existing facility, work continues to proceed on the expansion of the temporary facility. This new facility is 8,500 square feet, adding to the existing 8,200-square-feet facility.

“Once completed, there will be 350 seats total; new combined customs and immigration arrival hall. The airport will be able to accommodate some 350 to 400 passengers. The project is currently more than 85 percent completed.

“The airport will require a long-term sustainable rebuilding plan. It has been destroyed by hurricanes several times. The airport has been rebuilt three times in the last seven years, which signifies that a greater plan must be put into place.”

Thompson added: “However, even as we work toward the final product, we are indeed accessible.”