Video: ‘Taking Off’ Highlights Near Completion

October 17, 2019 | 15 Comments

Skyport has released the latest episode of ‘Taking Off’, a video series with host Mikaela Pearman that highlights the airport redevelopment project, with this episode highlighting the near completion of the new terminal.

Speaking in the episode, Mikaela Pearman said, “The new passenger terminal building is now more than 80 percent complete! We’re almost there Bermuda! The soft landscaping has started and is now more than halfway completed with the planting of flora and fauna native to Bermuda ongoing, including the installation of mature palm trees that were transplanted from the existing terminal site.

“The hard landscaping is 65 percent compete with concrete placement ongoing. The asphalt paving of roads and parking areas is 85 percent complete while new, energy-efficient light pole fixtures are also now in place.

“Along the Ferry Reach end of the site, the BELCO substation and generator building is finished while construction of the new security gatehouse remains ongoing.

“When flying overhead, you may have noticed a large body of water in front of the terminal? This happens to be our storm water management pond, the excavation of which has also been completed.

“Finally, construction of one of our new three restaurants has started with framing of the new outdoor dining area and patio, while concrete foundations for the new adjacent water feature are ongoing.”

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  1. Let's Keep It Real says:

    Consideration to renaming the airport should be given. It should actually be named WADE/RICHARDs Terminal. This will maintain the honour and respect of L
    .F Wade as well as pay homage to Bob Richard’s for his innovative vision which resulted in major opposition by the than opposition party,who piggy backed on said opposition to become now the government of the day.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Leave it as Bermuda (whatever ) airport and be done with it. It’s relevancy remains intact forever as opposed to naming it after some individuals who are meaningless to 95% of the people who will use it now and in the future .

  2. Kathy says:

    What I would like prefer to hear about, Michela, is are there actually 445 full-time jobs ongoing during the construction phase as promised by Richards in the 2016 Airport Document? Are we on-time? Are we on-budget? Please update us on these important questions.

  3. sandgrownan says:

    huh…look at that..on time and on budget.

    Can you imagine if the group responsible for Heritage Wharf, Port Royal version 1, Berkeley, Emissions Control (need i go on?) were leading this project?

    • Eve says:

      At the Tourism Summit, BTA is in favor of funding airlines to increase the flights into the new airport that was on time and on budget. BTA didn’t comment on BA’s study that confirmed ‘seat sales’ did not increase the number of butts in the seats on Bermuda flights. The new airport will be an impressive facility but buying seats will not make it a tourist attraction.

      • sandgrownan says:

        BA into Bermuda is a special case, however, due to lack of options to UK/EU.

        The new airport is required because the existing one is falling down around our ears.

        • wa says:

          “The new airport is required because….”

          the international airport authority changed airport security rules after 9/11 and gave all airports 20 years to upgrade, and rebuild if necessary, to meet the heightened security regulations. Any airport that doesn’t meet these regulations can be refused service. That means that the US, UK and Canada can refuse to accept flights to or from Bermuda.

  4. Jevon Ray says:

    We still own everything you just named, Canada built and owns the airport for 30 years, one of OBA’s many great ideas… sell our gateway to another country and then tell us it was a good idea….PLEASEEEE

    • Question says:

      We still own the airport. If you had your way, there would be no new airport in the first place.

      • Own it? says:

        Oh no we don’t own it!!!! We don’t own it until 30 years from now!! Read a book or contract before commenting troll! A bad investment for Bermuda!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Many airports globally are owned by private, and often foreign, entities.

  5. Tom Cassidy says:

    Nice to see the airport moving along. One question… How will the charm of the old Bermuda airport be imported to the new one? It’s unique when one arrives on the island. New is not alwayy good. Charm and identity…

    • Sandgrownan says:

      I’ll miss the leaky roof, the broken carousels and mound. Don’t worry though, the surely tooth sucking customs and immigration agents will still be there !!.

    • wa says:

      ” the charm of the old Bermuda airport”

      That’s what we’re trying to fix, stupid.

      Don’t worry, the immigration and customs officers will still be rude, belligerent and incompetent.

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