Airport Redevelopment Bills Pass In Senate

February 15, 2017

[Updated] After being passed in the House of Assembly last Friday, the legislation related to the airport redevelopment is listed on the Order Papers for today’s [Feb 15] sitting of the Senate, and the copies of the two Acts  – Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2017 and Airport Redevelopment Concession Act 2017 — as amended in the House of Assembly are below.

Update 7.36pm: Both Bills have now passed in the Senate

The Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2017 is below [PDF here]

The Airport Redevelopment Concession Act 2017 is below [PDF here]

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  1. Aaron says:

    Great to hear! start building !

  2. Janice says:

    Mr Bort has been riding this horse since day one now it’s a done deal. maybe he will have to come up with a real political strategy now ,acknowledgment from the past misdoings and lost spandulies would have been better served as the ghost from the past gets a roasting .

  3. Warlord says:

    Great,let’s start tomorrow Aecon

  4. duh says:

    Don’t have to pay exchange rates,or payroll tax.. interesting.

  5. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    All independent senators, around 80% of polled registered voters, local and international experts now back this deal, but the whole of the PLP don’t. For 14 years the PLP ignored the experts and it cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in bad deals, but still the PLP knows what’s best for Bermudians…

    • So Tired says:

      Those 400 people didn’t speak for everyone!

      • bdaboy says:

        “Those 400 people didn’t speak for everyone!”

        Nor do the 100 protesters.

        • So Tired says:

          The protesters were not considered any percentage of the registered voters. They were just the protesters. Call it for what it is. 400 persons, the majority of which voted in favor. Dat it!

    • Yahoo says:

      They think they know best because they are “real Bermudians”.

      • smh says:

        Real Bermudian= Per the PLP, it’s first generation Bermudian born of West Indian parents, married to a non-Bermudian. Oh the irony

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          The only “real Bermudians” are the Longtails, Warwick Skinks and Cedar trees.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Sorry , but your list needs amending .
            Delete longtails , add cahows .
            Change the name to ‘skinks’ . No such thing as Warwick skinks unless you’re mistaken that ‘Warwick lizards’ are endemic to Bermuda , they’re not , they were introduced.
            Our cedar and palmetto are genetically unique to Bermuda though ,as , believe it or not , is our bluebird .
            There are a few others as well including a unique terrapin that lives in the pond at Mid Ocean .

          • A Chap called Vanz says:

            The longtails are seasonal guest workers!

  6. Flying High says:

    Such great news for Bermuda.
    It was a little messy getting there. But over 80% of Bermuda supports this. The BHA / BTA will welcome this along with our International Business partners.

    This will also provide jobs for many Bermudians. It was good to see speedy work by the Senate.

    • Let's Keep It Real says:

      Now we can see a portion of the 2000jobs promised fulfilled without continued hiccups. Good job fellow Bermudian electorate, we voted for the right people at the right time.

  7. St. D says:

    The reality is that the airport needs to be done and we need jobs. Neither party’s process or management will be ideal but I’d take the OBA managing the project any day over the PLP. But OBA, listen up – if you want to get back in power, Bermuda’s young black males must get back to work.

    • bdaboy says:

      “Bermuda’s young black males must get back to work.”

      back? lol

    • sid says:

      Nobody, whatever their gender or colour, is going to get back to work in Bermuda without an education.

  8. Father Ted says:

    … what sense would it have made to have thousands of people standing outside of Parliament milling around while the debate was going on? The intent of Friday’s protest, as it was on February 3rd, was to keep MPs out of the House. Who would have expected them to show up at 5:00 a.m.?

  9. Mary says:

    a Sweet day for Bermuda! Proud to be Bermudian PLP witness PROGRESSION at work ( drops the mic)

  10. Don Q says:

    PATHWAYS next please OBA.

  11. stunned... says:

    PC pondering next step: oh yes, re-scheduling those plane reservations…

  12. sid says:

    Public-private partnerships can be good deals or bad. It depends on your assumptions about what will happen decades in the future.

    I see people commenting that Bermuda had no choice, because it is in debt. This ignores that PPPs are just another form of debt — you will be paying for this project out of airport revenues for the next 30 years.

    Equally ridiculous is the idea that because a Canadian company will run the project, that it is some sort of sellout/colonialism/racism/etc. Bermuda’s monopolies, protectionism and corruption have resulted in 30 years of inflated prices and today’s economic stagnation. Bermudians have chosen a path that makes their workforce one of the most inefficient of any developed country. It will take decades of painful adjustment before they will once again be able to offer prices competitive with the rest of the world.