The Turks and Caicos Islands Government will spend US$10million redeveloping the Providenciales International Airport to include expanded check-in counter areas, self check-in facilities, additional bathroom facilities, larger retail space for shops and restaurants, and improved medical amenities.
The planned expansion will nearly double the size of the terminal, increasing it in size from 51,462 to 92,321 sq ft., to better accommodate the 500,000 passengers who pass through the Airport each year, the Government said in a press release.
Work is scheduled to begin later this year and be completed in 2014 and will ensure that the airport meets the International Association of Travel Agents criteria for Level C Class facilities.
The first phase of works will include the construction of a new traffic circulation system, an extension to the existing west car park, and extension of the departure lounge.
The second phase will continue with the extension on the international check in area, security check point as well as the arrivals hall.
The third and final phase will include the domestic departures and arrivals area, completion of car park and aesthetics, including water features.
“Providenciales International Airport is absolutely crucial to the Islander and visitor experience,” said Governor Ric Todd. “First impressions are vital, and I am certain that this work will provide the level of experience that our visitors demand.
“People who use the airport facilities know that it can become crowded at peak times – so does the airport’s management. That is why they have been planning these crucial works as part of their overall master plan which also saw the runway expansion completed last year.”
John Smith, CEO, Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, said: “We are embarking on a journey of fundamental change in the way we conduct business and welcome tourists to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our terminal expansion project will not only offer better facilities for passengers, but provide us with the room to expand over the next 15 years.”