Bermuda’s new airport terminal proves popular with passengers
The new terminal at Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport certainly has the ‘wow’ factor based on the early feedback from passengers and staff.
“Really beautiful”, “Fabulous and spacious”, “Absolutely awesome” and “It looks like a world class airport” were just some of the comments given by passengers on the new terminal’s opening day last month.
And airport operator, Bermuda Skyport, has no doubt that the new $400 million will prove to be a success and introduce new levels of comfort and service to passengers.
Completed on budget, on time and on spec, the new modern 288,000 square foot facility provides improved passenger processing, increased passenger capacity, greater resilience to extreme weather conditions and a host of new passenger friendly facilities such as enhanced specialty retail and F&B outlets and covered passenger jet bridges.
The terminal is also said to offer energy efficiencies and advanced security.
Aaron Adderley, president of Bermuda Skyport, says: “With the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and prime contractors, Aecon, we were able to find a turn-key solution, bespoke in nature, that afforded Bermuda the opportunity to do what many small airports in the world our size have found difficult to do – namely, to successfully attract private sector investment to finance a major capital redevelopment.
“Once again, Bermuda has blazed a trail in setting new standards internationally for others to follow.
“Whilst the project’s business model has proven innovative, its economic impacts have proven to be widespread. Nearly 400 local businesses have been contracted since the start of the project and nearly $400 million has been invested in the local economy.
“Over half of the 1.6 million man-hours spent constructing this world class facility were by Bermuda’s own men and women. We should be proud of their quality craftmanship.”
The new terminal enables Bermuda to comply with the latest, most-advanced US facility requirements for Pre-Clearance.
Pre-Clearance allows for US bound passengers to clear US Customs and Immigration in Bermuda, instead of on arrival where longer lines often exist.
This service, present in Bermuda for nearly 50 years, is extremely beneficial to passengers and provides the island with a competitive advantage when seeking new air services to and from the United States.
Steve Nackan, president of Aecon Concessions, the project’s developer and financier, says: “The genesis of today’s success story lies in the deep-rooted ties between Canada and Bermuda.
“Built upon the kinship of our two countries, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (or CCC) and the Government of Bermuda partnered with us to develop this much needed new facility.
“CCC – supported by the extended Government of Canada family – have been a true and valued partner – and their diplomatic approach has been a hallmark of the project’s success.
“Together, we mobilised nearly $400m of private investment – drawn to the long-term promise of Bermuda – and the opportunity to play a part in the revitalisation of Bermuda’s economy.
“And through innovative thinking – we built and proved the model for how small airports can nevertheless achieve world class outcomes.”