Cayman Islands Airports Authority boss Albert Anderson told Cayman 27 congestion relief is on the way at Owen Roberts International Airport.
Work is progressing on phase one of the $55 million plan to renovate the existing terminal. Meanwhile, phase two plans are under evaluation, with a contract expected to be awarded in four to six weeks.
Mr. Anderson told Cayman 27 the situation will improve for passengers, but until then, expect some growing pains.
“The way that the roll-out of the construction is happening, we are going to build around our existing structure before we start renovating inside, so we are kind of delaying it as long as we can and we are going to try to do the internal renovations at a period were its perhaps not so busy,” explained Mr. Anderson. “It’s going to get a little worse before it gets better, and that’s just the way it has to be.”
He said contractors are being evaluated on their ideas to minimise the impact of construction on the passenger experience.
The current airport was designed to accommodate 500,000 passengers per year. When completed, the facility will be able to handle five times that many.