AIRPORT WORLD – The proposed privatisation of St Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport was on the agenda at today’s Investing in Airports Summit in Athens.
The Government of St Lucia and operator the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) are looking for a private investor to operate and develop the gateway, which handled 690,000 passengers in 2013.
Up for grabs is a 30 year concession for an investor prepared to invest $118 million on new terminal and other key infrastructure and a further $90 million on the maintenance and repair of its existing facilities.
In an ideal world, the RFP will be put out to tender next year and the airport will get the new terminal by 2018.
SLAPSA’s general manager, Keigan Cox, told Airport World: “We are looking for private sector knowledge and know-how as well as financial investment. We believe the time is right to develop the airport to facilitate passenger growth and tourism development.”
Passenger throughout at the Caribbean gateway is predicted to reach 1.6mppa by 2044 with the bulk of international passengers coming from the US, Canada, UK and France.
The annual summit precedes the 2014 Global Airport Development (GAD) conference, which starts tomorrow.