Construction is expected to commence later this year on a state-of-the-art new international airport in Tobago, estimated to cost some $150 million, says chairman of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT), Gerald Hadeed.
Hadeed was speaking at the launch of a team of customer service representatives (CSRs) at the VIP lounge of Piarco International Airport yesterday.
He said, at present, refurbishment works costing some $24 million were being carried out at ANR Robinson International Airport at Crown Point, Tobago, and within the next year the Airports Authority will unveil a new and expanded terminal facility in the sister isle.
Hadeed said a request for proposals (RFP) was published yesterday in the newspapers, inviting interested companies to submit their interests for the construction of the new Tobago airport.
The AATT, he said, did a study over the course of eight months on what is required for Tobago with respect to its new airport.
Hadeed said the Airports Authority was hoping for the construction of the new airport to begin in the third quarter of this year.
“So Tobago, we are thinking of you and we are going to do everything in our power to bring better service, quality service, to the citizens of Tobago and the passengers that visit there.”
Speaking to the media following the function, Hadeed said the Tobago airport was neglected for the past 20 years as no maintenance was done on it, resulting in the corrosion of the terminal roof.
Hadeed said the former People’s National Movement (PNM) administration was to blame for this, as the deterioration of the airport did not happen in the two and a half years that the People’s Partnership has been in power, but over the past 15 years.