ANGUILLA–Last week the government of Anguilla continued to forge ahead with the planned extension of the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. Meetings were held with two senior advisers from CFAS Pte Ltd., Nick van den Brul and Simon Angoy. Attending the meeting were Chief Minister Victor Banks, Minister of Infrastructure Curtis Richardson, Chair of the Anguilla Air and Sea Ports Authority (AASPA), Marcel Fahie and other ministers and senior civil servants.
The Anguilla government is pursuing this project for the island’s economic growth and sustainability, through a public-private partnership and a concession model. The main objectives of the discussion were to develop an appreciation of the project risk elements and mitigation options and to gain consensus on an outline action plan that will address issues of process and sequencing.
The UK government is in full support of the airport expansion and all applications to the UK Secretary of State for “Entrustment” approvals shall be submitted in the UKG “5 Case” Format or a similar format. It is envisaged that at least two future Entrustment Letters will be required: one to investigate and determine the scope of the project and the second to proceed with the implementation phase of the project. Larry Franklin, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, referring to the two future letters, noted that the next application should be completed by the end of November 2018 and the other by first quarter 2019. The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), a Canadian government agency with extensive experience in participating in complex infrastructure projects in the region and the world, including the redevelopment of the Bermuda Airport, will take the lead role in Anguilla’s airport expansion project in cooperation with the government of Anguilla and the AASPA.
The chief minister said plans of one of the other key strategic partners, the Conch Bay Development Project, were moving along smoothly and would further enhance the island’s tourism product and the business case for the airport expansion. He said he was particularly thankful for the support of the UK government as the island continued its path to recovery and economic sustainability.
Richardson said he was happy with the progress thus far and remained focused on ensuring the realisation of commercial non-stop trans-Atlantic flights into Anguilla.