From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
not form a part of Bermuda’s national debt. ;e money for the airport
will be provided by lenders, identi;ed by Aecon, who will be paid back
by Project Co over the term of the 30-year concession. ;e new terminal will be paid for by users—not government and will not contribute
to the government of Bermuda’s national debt.
MYTH: The airport will still be vulnerable to storms and
FACT: ;e location and design of the new terminal have been carefully considered in order to maximise protection against storm and hurricanes while using existing elements (such as runways, etc.) to reduce
the overall cost of the project. As part of the design phase for the new
terminal, a detailed storm surge analysis was undertaken that modelled
a 500-year storm and the resultant surge. ;e location of the new
airport will be at the north-western area of the airport land, near Stone
Crusher Corner. It will be set further back from the shore line, reducing
its vulnerability to storm surges. It will be a raised structure to reduce
;ooding risk and provide shelter from the elements. ;e new terminal
location combined with raising the ground ;oor to four metres above
sea level dramatically reduces the new terminal’s vulnerability to storm
MYTH: The new airport is not Bermudian looking.
FACT: ;e new airport design was heavily in;uenced by consultation with local architects and cultural experts and will feature familiar
Bermuda motifs, such as stylised birds, kites, use of colour and vegetation. ;ese will appear in the building exterior, on the canopy and
in the outdoor patio area created for the departing passengers. Local
materials and artists will be used to o;er an authentic Bermudian
MYTH: The airport will create new jobs for expats, not
FACT: Hundreds of construction jobs will be created by this project,
with the majority to be ;lled by Bermudians. Many more long-term
jobs will be created in operations, during and a;er the construction of
the new terminal. Where there are shortfalls in skills, training pro-
grammes for Bermudians will be developed. Additionally, internships
for young Bermudians are being developed, allowing them the opportu-
nity to work with industry leaders like Aecon.
MYTH: If the project overruns or costs more than expected,
Bermuda will foot the bill.
Fact: Every contract signed with CCC comes with the assurance of the
government of Canada that the contract will be performed in accordance with its terms and conditions. ;is means CCC and Aecon are
obligated to the speci;cations, budget, and delivery timeline outlined
in the contract.
MYTH: There is nothing wrong with the old airport that can’t be
FACT: It is estimated that to adequately repair the existing facilities the
cost would run into the hundreds of millions and would disrupt operations. In the 2006 airport plan, it was estimated that the current airport
building would come to the end of its useful life in 2008. Even if we
were to refurbish the old terminal, it would still be an old building that
continues to deteriorate. Additionally, refurbishing the old building
will add to Bermuda’s national debt.
MYTH: The proposed airport could be much smaller.
FACT: Bermuda is committed to delivering the most a;ordable air
terminal possible, which means minimising size where possible, while
complying with the required (and regulated) levels of safety and
service. For instance, US pre-clearance facilities require separate areas
for passenger screening, security, departure lounges, etc., from the same
areas provided for international passengers. ;is duplication of areas is
the reason that a smaller terminal design will not meet regulatory safety
and service level requirements. ;e proposed government-to-government approach will allow Bermuda to build a new terminal without
adding to the national debt.