The tails of jetliners are no longer the only things rising above the fence line at the Owen Roberts International Airport. The support beams that make up the structure of a new building are rising next door to the current main terminal building as part of a three-year, $55 million airport expansion.
“We are a-third of the way through the first phase,” says Albert Anderson, CEO of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority. The first phase involves construction of a new building immediately west of the main terminal building. When completed, baggage handling activities will move there so that expansion work can then begin on the main building. The main terminal will be nearly tripled in floor size during the project, even as approximately 350,000 people a year pass alongside the work zones.
“While we’re sure we’ll encounter some stuff that we’ve never heard of before, we think we’ve covered quite a few of the bases,” Mr. Anderson says.
The entire airport workforce is being trained on the importance of safety, security and maintaining a high level of service for customers, whether they are dealing with airline partners, concession workers or staff working the airport grounds.
“That’s the key thing for us is ensuring we train everybody that operates at the airport to make this experience a fantastic one,” says Mr. Anderson.
New parking machines are being installed and nearly ready to begin operations, and Mr. Anderson says traffic patterns around the airport will eventually be changed to accommodate the expanded facilities.