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Fencing of Norman B. Saunders International Airport Resumes

Workmen prepare to install perimeter fencing at the Norman B. Saunders Airport in South Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) has announced the resumption of significant infrastructure upgrades at Norman B. Saunders International Airport.

Beginning today, May 14, 2024, construction will resume on the installation of perimeter fencing, marking a pivotal milestone in the ongoing capital projects aimed at enhancing the passenger experience and bolstering security measures across the islands.

The decision to embark on this critical project comes as a response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma in 2017, which resulted in the destruction of the airport's perimeter fencing. Recognizing the paramount importance of ensuring the safety and security of passengers, staff, and airport facilities, TCIAA has expedited efforts to restore and fortify this essential infrastructure.

The TCIAA said the installation of perimeter fencing is integral to fortifying security measures at Norman B. Saunders International Airport, noting that by erecting a robust barrier around the airport premises, should deter unauthorized access, mitigate potential security threats, and safeguard the integrity of airport operations.

This enhancement, the TCIAA said, aligns with its unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety and regulatory compliance in airport management. The project is also critical to restoring the airport’s capacity for international commercial flight services.

Workmen competed a section of the perimeter fencing at the Norman B. Saunders Airport in South Caicos

"We are pleased to announce the resumption of construction on the perimeter fencing at Norman B Saunders International Airport," stated Godfrey Smith, CEO of TCIAA. "This infrastructure upgrade represents a significant step forward in our efforts to enhance security measures and ensure the safety of all airport stakeholders. By fortifying our perimeter, we reaffirm our dedication to providing a secure and seamless travel experience for passengers while maintaining regulatory compliance."

The the TCIAA further emphasized that the installation of perimeter fencing at the airport underscores its proactive approach to infrastructure development and risk mitigation. Through strategic investments in airport facilities and security enhancements, TCIAA remains steadfast in its commitment to elevating the passenger experience and fostering sustainable growth in the aviation sector.

Construction on the perimeter fencing is expected to be completed by August 14th, 2024, with minimal disruption to airport operations. The TCIAA said it extends its gratitude to passengers, airlines, and stakeholders for their cooperation and understanding during this crucial phase of infrastructure development.


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