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Minnis: New Long Island airport to cost $13.5 mil.

The construction of a new airport in Deadman’s Cay, Long island is expected to cost $13.5 million, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed last night during his national address.

Minnis added that the construction of the airport is due to commence in the 2019/2020 budget period.

The prime minister also revealed that work on a new terminal and airside works at Exuma International Airport is slated to begin before the end of 2019.

He added that the Great Harbour Cay Airport in the Berry Islands will also soon be reconstructed and expanded.

“This will include a new terminal building,” he said.

Member of Parliament for Long Island Adrian Gibson has lobbied tirelessly for an upgraded airport for Long Island and has continually kept his constituents abreast of government’s progress.

In January, the government officially released the request for proposals/quotations (RFP/RFQ) for the architectural and engineering consulting services for the new Deadman’s Cay airport, which called for a new airport terminal design, a redeveloped and extended runway and apron design, and a crash fire rescue building (CFR) for the settlement of Deadman’s Cay.

Gibson noted recently that the airport is “long overdue”, and its construction and completion will provide an economic boost to the island.

He said the island is likely to see new restaurants and hotels as a result of the new airport, adding that rental car operators will likely expand as a result of new business coming into the island.

“We have been fighting hard to get our interests addressed, and I’m happy to know government is seeing to it that the people of Long Island will finally get what Long Island ought to have,” Gibson said in January.

Minnis said during his address last night that the government is in negotiations “for what may be a major economic development at Mayaguana”.

“I will have more to say about this in the months ahead,” said Minnis.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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