CIAA invites tenders for Brac airportexpansion

| 20/01/2014

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) is inviting tenders from interested contractors to undertake the planned refurbishment and expansion of the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac. The scope of works includes construction of a Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) Room, in-transit lounge, and expansion of the arrivals hall. The HBS Room and relevant equipment would satisfy US requirements for inbound flights and allow for direct flights from the Brac to the US. Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the Brac airport was pivotal to the growth and development of tourism as it is the only way visitors can access Cayman Brac.

"The changes are designed to enhance the baggage screening process and create more space for travellers, thus improving the travel experience. Longer term, the goal is to create a high-quality environment which provides Cayman Brac with well-connected access to the global marketplace,” he said.

Government has previously stated plans to develop an entirely new airport on Little Cayman.  

Interested contractors have until Friday 24 January to submit their bids and the contract is expected to be awarded by 10 February. The project is scheduled to commence 17 February, and be completed by 16 May.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This investment is going into the wrong airport. Upgrade GCM. It's a disgrace.

    • spotsydebbie says:

      GCM is a disgrace.  Upgrade the airport in CYB and then none of us will even have a reason to go to GCM!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Moses is making sure he secures his seat for next election.

    Julie had the Hilton. Many questions still remain as to what Moses will actually do with it but thank God he is doing something different with it.

    Moses so far has a new Cayman AIrways Reservations Center…Why? Does Cayman AIrways have that much business out of Cayman Brac that it can't be handled by the 20 plus employees at the airport location? What is the cost to employ all of the staff? What is the monthly rental of this building and why couldn't it be incorporated in the new airport Cayman Airways space at the airport? How many calls does that call center receive in any one month? Does it cost anymore to call Cayman Airways on Grand Cayman than it does on Cayman Brac…Sorry for all the questions Moses but I am trying to figure out you business plan for this.

    Now the priority is to upgrade the Brac airport? Why? Are we expecting any other airline than Cyman Airways there soon? I doubt it, at least not with the current infrastructure. This money would be better spent on the Grand Cayman Airport where everyday our guest are shoved into cramped quarters and are provided with the worst experience coming and going..

    Moses…I appreciate your wanting to do good good for Cayman Brac but "Country first", please!



  3. Anonymous says:

    LOL! All are you people are sadly…..morons. The money being spent is from the CIAA purse and not the Government. Get your facts placed before you start to bash on poor ole' brackers. As stated "Government has previously stated plans to develop an entirely new airport on Little Cayman" Has nothing to do with Cayman Bracs expansion.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Build it big that way the govt don’t have to do it again in 10yrs, it’s cheaper to do it now rather than later!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget people on the brac also have to eat not just Grand Cayman! Bracka

    • Anonymous says:

      Well get a job.  And if you can't find one there are plenty in Grand Cayman.

      • spotsydebbie says:

        Who wants to live in Grand Cayman with all that crime and a police force that does absolutely nothing about it?

        • Anonymous says:

          HMMM…check out the headlines…Men tasered in bar stabbing fights, Murder on Little Cayman, Unsolved burgalries on the Brac, and the list goes on…the sisters aren't what they used to be wither . This whole Country is going to hell in a hand basket!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just another waste of limited funds.

    Another day in wonderland

  7. Anonymous says:

    Moses seems prepared to waste even more money on the Brac and feather his nest as his fellow ppm member Juliana. Givernor Kilpatrick pease stop them from wasting our money. Grand Cayman airport needs to be the priority

  8. Anonymous says:

    No more spending on the Brac please.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Before you get your feathers ruffled, just remember that these are small projects that will have a significant impact on travel to and from the Brac.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Complete and utter waste of public funds, efforts and energy. But ater all the Minister of Tourism is from the Brac. So we an only expect more of this. First the Hurricane Hilton and now this. 

    Lets hope that Marco tightens the financial purse some more to prevent this extravagance.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are comparing apples to oranges. Hurricane Hilton would not have helped with the Brac's development but the small additions to the airport will. A very high percentage of Brackers did not want the Hurricane Shelter to begin with and fortunately, the new Minister for Tourism has a much more practical use for the building.

      And let me guess, you have never been to the Brac have you?

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Brac is about 8% of the population but 3% of the economy.  Focus on infrastructure spending on Grand Cayman as every dollar spent will add much more value.  Unless the plan is to buy votes, which it usually is.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Surely the priority is to drag Own Roberts into the late 20th century first as it is national disgrace. 

  13. Anonymous says:

    waste of time and money. (but that is the story of cayman brac)…the airport already does an adequate job for the limited number of passengers……..

    • spotsydebbie says:

      Wrong!  I, for one, am done with Grand Cayman!  But I love the Brac and it would be much easier to get there without having to go through Hell!