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Jetway time: The first aircraft to use the new LF Wade International Airport terminal - Delta flight 617from New York, parks this morning. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
L. F. Wade International Airport Tour (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The new LF Wade passenger terminal formally opened this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility.

Videos of the the opening and the arrival of the first aircraft to arrive at the $250 million terminal are both attached to this story - they are 1 and 2 on the photo slider.

Aaron Adderley, Skyport president, said the opening was a milestone in the history of the island as the former terminal - erected around 75 years ago - was well beyond its regular life expectancy.

He added that it was difficult for smaller airports to find investment as 80 per cent lose money.

Mr Adderley said: "We had to take a leap of faith into the unknown and today our faith and our perseverance has been rewarded."

The airport received its first departing passengers shortly before 10.30am - travellers on a chartered flight to the Azores - while the first arrivals are expected to land just before noon.

You can see Akil Simmons’ photo gallery of today’s opening here

Meanwhile, the staff and operators of the Boulevard Cafe are saying farewell after 20 years in the old terminal - you can read the story here.

There are links here to today’s story in The Royal Gazette on the opening.

And a feature by Owain Johnston Barnes on how you as a passenger will depart and arrive at the airport is great reading. Click here for that story. There’s also a video attached to the feature by Owain and Kyle McNeil which is enjoyable viewing.

Akil Simmons’ photo gallery from yesterday’s tour is here.

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Published December 09, 2020 at 8:37 pm (Updated December 09, 2020 at 8:36 pm)

Live: New LF Wade International airport terminal opens

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