Some $15 million worth of remedial works is expected to be done to the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island this year.
Minister responsible for airports, Dr Kedrick Pickering said the runway at the facility needs to be resurfaced; as required by regulations governing local airport operations.
Speaking in the House of Assembly recently, Dr Pickering said government was granted a ‘grace period’ to get the project underway but that period has now elapsed.
“The airport is behind schedule in terms of its resurfacing. It was held up because of the proposed new development for the airport … The overall funds that are needed are in the region of $15 million but for the immediate relief that needs to be done, the work will cost about $5.5 million and that is something we have to do. If we don’t do that, the airport runs the risk of being closed,” Dr Pickering said.
The minister did not specify when the project will begin or what accommodations will be made at the Beef Island-based facility while the runway is resurfaced.
Minister of Finance Dr D Orlando Smith said funds to complete the project has been set aside in this year’s budget.
As for the Virgin Gorda airport which has been closed indefinitely because of a fire truck that is no longer functioning, government said it is “working diligently on all fronts to get the fire tender replaced”.
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