The $60 million upgrade at Piarco Airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad, includes three new hangars that will accommodate planes transporting national leaders to the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

The hangars will accommodate more than 30 aircraft carrying the heads of state and their delegations to the event, to be held April 17 to 19 in Trinidad.

The existing hangars at Piarco were inadequate for the influx of planes arriving for the summit as well as for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in November.

One of the three hangars will be used exclusively for Air Force One, a three-deck Boeing VC-25 that will carry a 26-member crew and 76 passengers, including President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Air Force One will be the biggest aircraft arriving in Trinidad.

Additional upgrades at the airport include improvements at the south terminal, where the arrival ceremonies will occur, resurfacing of roads surrounding the airport, and new lighting and landscaping.

Commercial traffic using the airport during the summit will not be disrupted, according to the Airports Authority. Passenger check-in, arrivals and departures will take place at the north terminal.


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