Government has submitted an application to the Town and Country Planning Department to move forward with plans to develop the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.
The Office of Premier made that revelation in a media release on Thursday, January 10.
Further talks about the development are expected to go public next Thursday, January 17, with a meeting with residents to “discuss” government’s application.
According to the final draft of the NDP government’s Recovery and Development Plan, the multimillion-dollar development will see the “expansion of the [airport] runway to 7,100 feet along with the expansion of the apron and terminal building, through public-private partnership (an investor deal), where government will manage security and air traffic control while the private firm will finance, build and operate the airport for a period of 25-30 years.”
It is not clear whether government has made any headway in securing an investor for the undertaking, which is expected to cost some $250 million.
News of governments application for the development as well as news of the upcoming public meetings come months after Premier Dr D Orlando Smith promised that the airport development will see some progress before his time as government leader ends.
Dr Smith’s premiership is expected to end around April 16, the deadline for the 2019 General Elections to be held.
NDP Chairman Myron Walwyn, VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie, PVIM leader Ronnie Skelton are all persons vying to become Dr Smith’s immediate successor as premier.
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