Redevelopment of the LF Wade International Airport’s passenger terminal building was one of the largest infrastructure projects in Bermuda’s history.
During the three-plus years that began with the March 2017 groundbreaking for the new airport passenger terminal building, Bermuda Airport Authority P3 contractual and technical staff, working with specialist international aviation and engineering advisors, continuously verified compliance with the contractual requirements defined in the Project Agreement. This included reviewing and confirming detailed technical specifications and quality standards for the design and construction of the building and overseeing the testing and commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and civil engineering infrastructure, facilities and systems.
The new air passenger terminal building was on schedule for substantial completion in May 2020, with official opening set for July. Abruptly, the COVID-19 pandemic brought work at the development site to a near-halt in mid-March pushing substantial completion out to September. Official opening was 9 December 2020. The first flight to arrive at the new air passenger terminal building was Delta Airlines, from Atlanta, Georgia.
Beyond Completion of Construction
With the redevelopment portion of the Project Agreement completed, the Airport Authority’s oversight activities have shifted from construction to airport terminal operations, focusing on efficiency and enhanced customer experience.
We are leveraging our experience and knowledge to help strengthen the Island’s P3 sector. In partnership with the Bermuda Hospitals Board, the only other quango in Bermuda managing a large P3 project, we are building on our collective experience. Two Airport Authority Directors have become Bermuda’s first Certified PPP (P3) Professionals, and several members of the Authority’s management team are working toward that achievement.