Airport systems set for testing

  • Nearly ready: the new terminal at LF Wade International Airport

    Nearly ready: the new terminal at LF Wade International Airport

Testing of the operating systems at Bermuda’s new airport terminal is due to start in the coming weeks.

Construction of the $250 million facility is on the verge of completion, with restaurant, bar and store owners about to start fitting out their spaces.

The terminal had been on schedule to open this summer, until the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Stringent health and safety measures were introduced and the site was shut down during the April lockdown.

The closing of Bermuda’s borders also meant that technicians coming in to test newly installed equipment were unable to get to the island.

Mikaela Pearman, marketing and communications officer for Skyport, the operating management company for LF Wade International Airport, said: “Construction of Bermuda’s new state-of the-art, passenger terminal is nearly complete, with final fit-out of the concession spaces about to commence.

“The installation of the various operating systems within the new facility has been completed, with the testing and commissioning of those systems scheduled to begin in late summer.

“There are nearly 30 mechanical, electrical, IT and airfield systems in total, covering such functions from baggage and security, to airfield lighting and wastewater treatment.”

She added: “The dates for final completion of the project and opening of the new terminal respectively will be determined in due course subject to the impacts of the pandemic on travel, supply lines and the airport’s operational readiness programme.”

Speaking about the new terminal last month in a government press conference, Aaron Adderley, the president of Skyport, said: “We are hoping we can get everything done by the end of the year.”

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Published Jul 22, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm)

Airport systems set for testing

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