Cosmetic Upgrades To Existing Airport Terminal

March 13, 2018

Skyport announced the first phase of planned cosmetic upgrades of the existing terminal have been completed, with the company saying “fresh coats of paint, new carpet and updated signage are some of the changes that have been made to the existing terminal at the LF Wade International Airport.

“Cosmetic upgrades were factored in the budget of Bermuda Skyport when it was launched last March. And now, the first phase of those upgrades has been completed. The entire interior of the terminal has been repainted and all the carpet has been replaced with fresh, lighter carpeting.

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“Additionally, new ceiling tiles have been installed, the roof of the whole terminal has been scraped and painted and the parking lots have new line paintings.

“Water damage has been repaired through the majority of the terminal, existing light fixtures have been replaced with cost effective LED lighting and shading has been installed on the windows to cool the terminal.

“Also, new line painting took place on the main aircraft parking apron and taxiway. The next phase of the upgrades will include painting of the entire airside exterior of the terminal, which will begin next month.

“Additionally, the duty-free shops in arrivals and in U.S. departures will be expanded, while further enhancements are expected in the International Departures Lounge.

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Myron Burchall, Director, Maintenance & Engineering, Skyport says: ‘The current terminal has not seen major renovations in some time.

“We want to improve the interior and exterior of the existing space as much as possible while the new terminal is being built. Skyport is committed to improving the overall experience for customers in our existing terminal and introducing a first class facility when the new terminal is completed in 2020.”

The following Bermudian companies were contracted for the cosmetic upgrades: HDDC, Graphix Signs, Araujo Construction and Kaissa.

- Photos courtesy of Alexander Masters

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  1. Hope says:

    With the exception of relocating to a different physical placement, why are we building a new airport if the current one can be so easily updated? I have been supportive of the new airport since day one, but have always felt as though it was over scoped and more than we needed (and hence more expensive). Now I’m even more concerned as this article seems to imply that repairs were very easy and that even more will be completed. So…what is it that the new airport delivers? Tourists do not fly to countries to experience their airports. What matters is the service they receive when they land (both in terms of timeliness and friendliness). We are an island, a small airport is expected. Is moving to a location further away from the surf the only worthwhile benefit?

    • mixitup says:

      Oh so noooww everyone wakes up? This is what peoople have been saying from jump.. With this”mini” renovation the Airport looks fantastic! Certainly looks better that losing 1 billion dollars over 30 years… (I wonder who got a hand in that..lucky them)

      • John t says:

        A lick of paint and some new carpets does not repair the structural defaults of the current terminal. This has been dealt with in quite some detail.

    • Yeah Whatever says:

      its pretty easy to put makeup on a donkey

  2. spanner breath says:

    I returned to the island on Monday during that rain. We don’t need a new airport, just invest in a poncho and bucket company.

  3. Onion Juice says:

    This is all we had to do in the first place instead of letting the airport deterioate and try to convince people how bad of state the airport is in. Just like when they let the trash trucks and buses deterioate to try to privatize.

    • Zevon says:

      But we “needed” Grand Atlantic though, right? And a refurfed golf course. And a $25m swimming pool.

    • aboogiewitdahoodie says:

      The airport is in a terrible state, you don’t kno cuz you aint working their in the background! Lay down bra, I support some of ya comments but you really don’t kno!

      • Onion Juice says:

        My house is in a terrible state too, but I aint gonna knock it down and build another one. And just to spend a maximum of 2 hours in, how many times you’ve travelled to countries ( thats if you can leave de island) and said this is an awsome airport, I have to come back to visit this airport. Oh I forgot, SpongeBob said its getting built for FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Gustav says:

        can you write that in English as well ?

        • Make a new plan Stan says:

          You understood it.

          It never ceases to amaze me when intelligent people act like they can’t comprehend people who they try to make out as dumb. Who is really the dumb one?

          The same people find it funny when popular Facebook pages post using the Bermudian vernacular.

          I also notice these types of comments only come up when the point being made has substance so there’s a need to refute it in a different way.

          It’s very annoying.

          • northR says:

            “I also notice these types of comments only come up when the point being made has substance so there’s a need to refute it in a different way.”


            You forgot to change your user name, OJ….now sit your stupid a$$ down and shut your bigot hole.

    • mixitup says:

      These people were out to do us in!

    • Yeah Whatever says:

      you are the type of person who only looks at the outside and not the inside. Also, if you dont have any experience in building services then your comment is void

    • Wahoo says:

      Then how come the plp had a plan to rebuild at $700m?

    • Anbu says:

      Who let it deteriorate tho OJ?

  4. Hmmm says:

    Thanks you OBA!

  5. Vickers Vanguard says:

    Good for the next 70 years! And with a lot more character than the off the shelf Chinese thing we are getting for giving the shop away for the next thirty years.

    The only reason I can think of as to why some folks cling blindly to the notion that ‘Double the Debt’ Bob is still the cat’s meow can only be the tribal allegiance to our political parties that blinds so many of us.

    • Yeah Whatever says:

      Chinese thing? THey didnt have anything to do with the design on the airport

      • Concerned1 says:

        I agree. They wanted to give us a decent looking airport to use for the moment. I think that’s a good thing. Don’t understand why people are complaining. The airport looks good now.

        Anyway, all of this makes me wonder why this couldn’t couldn’t have been done prior? Why have we spending millions on maintainance and our airports looked like ****? I’m just scared of the new airport going back into the hands of the prior idiots in charge of the soon to be old terminal. Why are we so poor at maintaining buildings?

  6. Cow Polly says:

    Very nice! Well done.

  7. sage says:

    Glad they scraped and painted the roof, just hoping they fixed the leaks.

  8. Jus' Askin' says:

    This is FUNNY!!!!! :-D

  9. JohnBoy says:


  10. Pure Madness!!!!!!! says:

    A lot of repairs stated has not been done, so that is not true!!!!!

  11. Oh really says:

    Very nice much needed uplift until the new airport opens. Boo to all the nay sayers. They will be proud when the precious PLP cut the ribbon though. Bunch of Hippocrates. Instead of spouting trash all the time help EB find the missing money.

  12. Yoshi says:

    To bad everything is gonna get wet from all the leaks..

    • Onion Juice says:

      If you had a leak in your roof are you gonna knock ya whole house down and build a new one?

      • nerema says:

        Remind us again why the PLP built a new court house, a new hospital, and a new Berkley.

      • Wahoo says:

        Gee you ask all the tough questions I cannot believe you were never consulted you are truely a clear thinker.

      • northrock says:

        Hey OJ…you’re obviously the result of a birth defect…yet, we let you live.
        you’re nothing but a drain on society, you should have been aborted.

  13. mixitup says:

    I tell you, this whole New Airport is a Farce! You all have been HAD.. Now imagine spending let’s say 30 Million on this reno.. We could have done wonders that would have lasted 30 years..

    • Major Insurgence says:

      Rubbish. The new police building cost > $110M, and you think you can do a major overhaul for 30M? Have you seen the state of the existing airport? Behind the scenes, not just the public areas? It’s in complete disrepair, and forcing Bermudians to work in awful conditions.

      These are cosmetic upgrades, the bare minimum to improve the appearance until the new terminal is ready.

    • Yeah Whatever says:

      hah, you funny

    • Hmmm says:

      Or let someone else spend their money to build us a new one

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Obviously you just talk from your second hole…if you’ve ever been behind the scenes in the airport you would know! Instead you just talk BS

      • Mixitup says:

        Funny. I work there. Are their challenges yes. But not 270 million dollars worth. You were saying what about BS?? And do you work there?

        • nerema says:

          So why did you build a new court building? And a new Berkley? New hospital? Could have just tarted up the old buildings, right?

          Where’s Chris “I could get it built for $100m” Famous? He’s always good for a laugh.

        • Anbu says:

          Sure u work there. How convenient for the topic at hand

    • Anbu says:

      Only ones being “HAD” is anyone who voted these muppets back in.

  14. facts of the rock says:

    The Airport is a BIG money maker for a select few!

  15. Free Thinker says:

    So the existing airport can be repaired after all. I hope you all remember Dunkley standing in the Cargo terminal, taking video selfie with pouring rain water in the background, as a justification as to why we need a new airport and the many other problems that were talked about as to say they can’t be fixed. All this was to try and convince those of us with brains, that the airport is so far gone that we need a new one now. I say those of us with brains because the OBA’s blind followers, will support just about everything that comes from their shepards so they didn’t need any convincing. Well those of us with brains, were not fooled, we know that we don’t need a new house because our roofs leak, so to use a leaking airport roof, is just and insult to our intelligence. An argument can be made for new airport, whether or not the roof is leaking so it was stupidity on his part, to pull that stunt. The question was never if we needed a new airport but rather, if we we needed one now. The fact of the matter is, the airport was allowed to go into disrepair, to magnify the justification for a new one now. I hear a lot of the Sheep saying that this will lead to more tourist, really? when was the last time any of you took a trip to visit an airport? So that’s a load of BS. So if we didn’t need one now, and I’m convinced that we didn’t, why the urgency? I’ll say this to you lambs following your shepard to the slaughter. Every single person on planet earth is driven by greed, albeit some more than others. I’ll also say this, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So if you think that your guy isn’t as capable as the next guy of these indiscretions, you’re dumber than I thought.

  16. Concerned1 says:

    Please stop putting all the TV channels on CNN. You’re killing me. That’s one of the things I hate about airports. Urrgh.

  17. ConcernedBermudians says:

    Great job skyport. With the new airport can you build a dock for boats to come and pickup/drop off people? Also can you make the customs/immigration procedure better. Its terrible at the moment.