LIAT read­ies for move to new An­tigua air­port ter­mi­nal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - By Dana Ni­land Caribbean Jour­nal Con­trib­u­tor

LIAT is one of sev­eral car­ri­ers ready­ing for a move to the new, larger ter­mi­nal which will soon open at An­tigua’s VC Bird In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Staff mem­bers of An­tigua-based LIAT and other car­ri­ers par­tic­i­pated in a full-scale sim­u­la­tion in the new build­ing last week, in or­der to test the sys­tems and bring to light any is­sues be­fore the fa­cil­ity’s of­fi­cial open­ing.

Dozens of em­ploy­ees checked in, went through immigration and se­cu­rity, and pre­pared for de­par­ture at the ter­mi­nal’s gates, then col­lected lug­gage from the bag­gage claims and went through the cus­toms process to sim­u­late the other side of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, cus­toms, immigration, taxi ser­vices and dis­patch­ers all took part in the ex­er­cise be­fore com­plet­ing sur­vey forms to pro­vide feed­back on their ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new 14-gate ter­mi­nal was built by the China Civil En­gi­neer­ing Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion and fea­tures mod­ern se­cu­rity screen­ing and bag­gage han­dling fa­cil­i­ties, a VIP lounge, a mini food court, and var­i­ous con­ces­sion out­lets.

Of­fi­cials say that the ter­mi­nal, which also fea­tures 46 CUTE (Com­mon Use Ter­mi­nal Sys­tems) check-in ar­eas and 15 self check-in kiosks, could be the most ad­vanced in the re­gion.

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