After years of delay, the island of South Caicos has finally been green-lighted for a brand-new airport terminal.
The announcement came from Turks and Caicos Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in a statement released last week.
Premier Robinson stated, “This is the best news that I can give the people of South Caicos who recently saw the destruction of the temporary structure lost to fire.”
“A new Airport Terminal for South Caicos has been underway for over a decade and has seen serious challenges with an unfinished controversial structure and more recently the termination of the procurement process by former Governor John Freeman in early 2018 due to flaws in the process.”
The Premier noted that she was happy that her Government has been able to finally advance this project to the stage where they are about to execute an agreement.
South Caicos is already enjoying over $10m in Government funded projects across the Island and this now takes it over $20m in investments in the past 4 years.
South Caicos is home to two major resorts – Eastbay and Sail Rock – and with a growing tourism sector, the new Airport Terminal is expected to lift the image of the Island.
Premier Robinson further added, “The Airports Authority has seen an aggressive Capital Program over the past four (4) years and it includes the purchase of fire trucks and modern equipment, repair works to the JAGS McCartney International Airport on Grand Turk, major works to the Salt Cay Aerodrome and Terminal, the Fire Hall in Grand Turk (which is currently under construction and will rebuild a hub for firefighters, having lost their headquarters since Hurricane Ike), an office block for Providenciales staff and we are now soon to commence a combined services building for firefighters and air traffic controllers on Providenciales.”
The project is scheduled to be completed in 18 months; during which time a temporary facility will suffice in the interim.
A fire of unknow origin destroyed the aging terminal building in South Caicos in early March.