Barbados' Grantley Adams slated for $70M renovation

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- About $70 million will be spent over the next five years to renovate the Grantley Adams Airport here.

A Canadian airport consultant, Sypher-Mueller International, is leading a consortium that will produce the design and supervise the construction project.

The first phase of the project entails repairs to and expansion of the airfield pavements and the customer parking structure.

Security also will be upgraded during this phase, and a new cargo apron will be developed.

The second phase will focus on increasing the airport terminal's capacity.

Since the entire renovation is expected to take several years, the airport authority has decided to implement a short-term plan to alleviate the current overcrowding.

That plan includes turning the first floor of the terminal into an air-conditioned departure lounge with seats for 450 passengers. The existing departure lounge, meanwhile, will be upgraded.

The arrivals area will be improved with an air-conditioned area.

The third phase covers the redesign and modernization of the entire terminal building. The design work is in progress, but definite additions include a new arrivals building and a new departure lounge.

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