Cabinet approves procurement phase for new Tobago airport terminal
A new terminal at the ANR Robinson International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced at the Post-Cabinet Media briefing on Thursday that Cabinet approved the implementation of the procurement phase for construction of the new terminal building.
He said the contract must be awarded by August this year and construction must begin by the end of the year and completed by the end of 2020.
The project will cost an estimated $550 million excluding the cost of land acquisition.
Imbert explained that some land acquisition is expected as the terminal will be constructed on the other end of the runway and not where the current terminal is situated.
He said people will be compensated on a case by case basis depending on their situation and ownership.
As such as new road would be constructed to allow access from the new terminal from the Shirvan Road and Claude Noel Highway intersection.
Imbert said the project will involve brand new modern international terminal buildings with all the features one would expect including loading bridges for international aircraft.
He said there will be additional parking facilities and paving to accommodate wide-bodied aircraft.
The project will be done on a design finance construct, public/private partnership and will be overseen by a committee comprising Public/Private partnership unit of the Ministry of Finance, the Airports Authority, Tobago House of Assembly and Ministry of Finance. The Airports Authority would be the implementation body.