Airport terminal ready but vendors are not, says Hurst

“The problem has been that the shop owners, those who are to occupy shops, have not yet done the decorating and that is the stumbling block at the moment,” Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst said Tuesday on OBSERVER AM.

“The Chinese have virtually completed the work they were hired to do, but the internal workings, the decoration of shops have not yet been completed and that is a challenge.”

According to Hurst, the completion of the internal decoration is crucial in attracting persons to the airport, and by and large, to the country. The proprietors have, therefore, been encouraged to move swiftly to complete the decorations, he said.

“The kind of decoration that is taking place is really just to ensure that the finish is good,” the chief of staff said. “But in essence, the terminal is ready.”

He added, “You can’t have a terminal where the shops look unfinished. It would just not be the kind of aesthetics that would draw people to the airport.”

Hurst explained that the July opening is an attempt to target Antiguans and Barbudans who are returning home for Carnival 2015.

While the storeowners have not approached the Cabinet with the reason for delaying the decorating, he said some of the proprietors have met with Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Minister of Aviation Robin Yearwood on the matter.

Construction on the new terminal began in November 2011, and the has been postponed several times since the originally projected date of December 2013.



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