#Providenciales, June 15, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Ten weeks of closure of the Salt Cay Airport during the month of July will result in years of a better facility. A recent meeting held with residents of the tiny island resulted in healthy dialogue where suggestions for the new airport were invited and comments on the work to begin next month were welcomed.
Premier Sharlene Robinson, as the minister with responsibility for the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority led a delegation to Salt Cay for the session, held at the Salt Shed this past Tuesday.
Tuesday June 11, 2019 was also the day the TCIAA and TCIG issued a notice that for 10 weeks, the airport on Salt Cay would be closed to flights to accommodate the redevelopment construction work.
The media statement said:
The timing of this project is crucial, as the TCIAA is making every effort to ensure that the works are undertaken at a time when the Airport closure poses the least constraints to the community of Salt Cay.
Provision is made for the installation of a temporary helipad to accommodate emergency operations for the duration of the project.
The general works will conform to the standard and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 14, as prescribed by the local Civil Aviation Authority; and include:
- Rehabilitating the runway, taxiway and apron underlying and pavement surfaces;
- Apron expansion;
- Pavement line markings and airfield signage;
- Definition of the runway longitudinal and transverse strips and safety ends;
- Stormwater drainage improvements;
- Airfield electrical improvements; and
- Airfield perimeter fence relocation and installation.
Security of the runway, lighting and marking on the runway, expansion of the apron, drainage and enhanced safety measures along a freshly paved runway strip will be the results of construction work due to start late July or early August.
Weather will be a factor, reminded the TCIAA, which apologized in advance for the inconvenience the closure may cause.
Salt Cay residents are able to access airline services on Grand Turk, which is accessible to islanders daily via a water taxi.
In attendance at the Salt Cay meeting were: John Smith, CEO of TCIAA; Floyd Ingham, COO of the TCIAA; Peter Forbes, CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).