Renovation work to reduce space at airport check-in area

Construction work at the airport will impact passengers at the check-in area from Monday, according to airport officials. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

As expansion work on the Owen Roberts International Airport continues, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority is advising travelers to expect some inconvenience at the check-in area of the airport from Monday.

A wall partition will be placed in the west side of the check-in hall Monday, reducing space in the hall. The Airports Authority, in a statement issued Friday, said it expected that during peak traveling times passengers would have to queue outside the terminal building.

“Passengers are being encouraged to allow extra time for their travel,” the Airports Authority said in the statement.

“The CIAA apologizes for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank our passengers for their patience during this time,” the statement continued.

The airport’s terminal is undergoing a $55 million expansion, which is expected to take until late 2018 to complete.

The construction work is being carried out in phases to ensure the terminal remains fully operational throughout the construction period, airport officials have said.

Phase one of the airport expansion, involving construction of a new baggage sorting area and luggage screening room, has been completed. The current work involves phase two, which includes expansion of the arrival and departure areas.

The airport was built to handle about 500,000 passengers annually but currently more than twice that number pass through the terminal. The revamped facility is expected to be able to handle up to 2.5 million passengers a year, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said in an interview earlier this year.