Airports Authority Hosts Fifth Stakeholders Consultation to Discuss Upgrades to the ANR Robinson International Airport
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) hosted another consultation meeting with key stakeholders to discuss upgrades planned for the ANR Robinson International Airport on Thursday 14th March, 2013. This was the fifth meeting in an ongoing consultative process which was held by the Authority with airport stakeholders to ensure that adequate consideration is given to their recommendations in the finalization of the scope for the upgrades. Deputy Chairman of the Authority and Chairman of the Tobago Projects Committee, Kurt Ajodha, remarked on the significant role of the stakeholders, and the importance of having collaborative meetings to ensure that every voice is heard. He assured that the Authority would indeed try its best to accommodate every concern.
Stakeholder meetings together with the coordinated efforts of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Chandresh Sharma, the Minister of Tobago Development, the Honourable Dr. Delmon Baker and the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Stephen Cadiz resulted in the engagement of project management, engineering and architectural firms to conduct condition assessment surveys on the existing infrastructure at the ANR Robinson International Airport. With the information from these surveys, the Authority has embarked on an aggressive programme to extend and modify areas of the main terminal building which will include the International Departures and Arrivals Halls and the Check-in Concourse. A First Class Lounge will also be constructed. Following on the preliminary reviews of the current state of the building, remedial works of the roof of the main terminal building have already begun. These infrastructural modifications will allow for an enhanced customer experience and provide a modern and more user friendly airport facility in Tobago.
At this meeting, representatives from stakeholder entities such as the Customs and Excise Division, the Immigration Division, Port Health, airport concessionaires, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and airlines, participated in the open forum and voiced their suggestions.
Marlene Alfred, owner of the Duty Free store ‘Lagniappe’, expressed satisfaction with the developments. She stated, “It is nice to finally see progress taking place. My store is being relocated, and I am happy with its new positioning.” Many of the stakeholders present expressed relief that their concerns were finally being addressed and there was a sense of expectation and cautious optimism.
The Authority is committed to making our airport facilities more comfortable, safe and secure for all of our customers. For more information on the upgrades of the ANR Robinson International Airport, visit the Authority’s website: www.tntairports.com.
15th March 2013