Government fails to produce airport report

  • Work continues: how the airport redevelopment looks now (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Work continues: how the airport redevelopment looks now (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Mystery surrounds the progress of a report into the controversial airport redevelopment.

Walter Roban, Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs, told The Royal Gazette last October: “Our goal is to finish by December.”

Questions sent to the Ministry of Transport on the status of the report were not responded to by press time.

The public-private partnership agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation and its contractor Aecon was signed by the former One Bermuda Alliance government.

The deal was blasted by the Progressive Labour Party while in Opposition and sparked a blockade of the House of Assembly by protesters in December 2016 in an attempt to prevent MPs from debating legislation designed to set up the public-private partnership.

The Bermuda Airport Authority and LeighFisher, a US-based global consultancy firm, were asked to carry out the review after the PLP won a landslide General Election victory last July.

Mr Roban previously told this newspaper that the review of the deal began shortly after the PLP won the election.

David Burt, the Premier, said the deal was a “decision to privatise” the airport in August.

He added: “The former government made the decision to privatise the LF Wade International Airport to Canadian company Aecon.”

The independent Blue Ribbon Panel, set up by the OBA early last year, said the deal was “commercially sound and reasonable”.

The panel added the contract was “likely to meet” the previous government’s objectives of long-term sustainability, increased traffic volume and more revenue, but said that “clearer disclosure of the transaction” would have benefited the project.

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Published Jan 6, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm)

Government fails to produce airport report

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