Grenadians can look forward to a major expansion of the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA), thanks to a concessional loan of $66 million, from the People’s Republic of China.
In his 2018 budget presentation, Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, said this project will include the construction of a parallel taxiway, loading bridges, a bypass road, passenger terminals, a second apron for cargo and an emergency centre.
The announcement represents a promising boost for the tourism sector and the country’s ability to attract additional international flights.
“The contractor has already been chosen and work will begin early next month, providing hundreds of jobs in this process,” the Prime Minister announced.
“Our distinguished ambassador from China confirmed this only last week”.
The MBIA’s General Manager, Wendy Williams, has welcomed the planned expansion saying there will be no immediate or excessive increases in fees, for travelers and, where there are increases, they will be incremental.
Williams said the expansion is carefully planned to ensure their ability to adequately manage debt servicing, while expanding capacity, based on projections for future use of the airport facility, for the next five to ten years.
“I am very excited. I can now testify that we are going to expand,” Williams disclosed.
“We are going to have a parallel taxiway; two taxiway bridges and we also, of course, have about three loading bridges, among other projects like airport administration and emergency centre; cargo facilities; a second apron for cargo and general aviation operations, among others”.