Residents can expect progress on the airport expansion project before Premier Dr D Orlando Smith demits office next year.
Premier Smith gave that assurance during a conference with local media practitioners this month.
“I’m certain that we’ll have that kind of forward movement … by June 2019 because work is being done as we speak,” said Premier Smith, whose successor as NDP leader, Myron Walwyn, will usher the governing party into the upcoming general elections.
The airport project involves recruiting investors to develop the TB Lettsome International Airport but Dr Smith said government has not secured an investor yet.
He, however, assured that advancements have been happening to ensure their goal is realised.
“The airport authority has a group of experts working with them and they are having meetings with various groups and I am told that they’re making good progress. I cannot say that we’ve selected anyone at this point but they are working towards that,” Dr Smith said.
The successful investor will operate the Beef Island-based facility for roughly 20 years before returning control to the BVI government.
There have been mixed feelings about the timing of the expansion project which, according to governments proposed recovery plan, is projected to cost $250 million.
Roughly $153 million will be used to expand the airport runway from 4645 feet to about 7100 feet so larger aircraft can land in the territory.
The remainder of the funds will be directed toward developing the airport’s terminal.
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