GIS - July 12, 2012: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, has expressed his satisfaction over the progress of work regarding the Mauritius SSR International Airport Terminal Expansion Project – New Passenger Terminal at a site visit yesterday in Plaisance.
The New Passenger Terminal project has reached an advanced stage of construction, with 70% of works already completed. It is presently among the most important projects launched in Mauritius in terms of contract value totting up to nearly USD 300 million and in terms of infrastructure with a new terminal of a total area of 57 000 m2. The terminal will handle 4.5 million passengers a year against 2.2 million presently.
According to the Prime Minister, the project will be completed within the prescribed timeframe and without cost overrun. “We definitely made the right choice in our partners namely Airport Terminal Operations Ltd (ATOL) and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd who have ensured smooth project management and implementation,” said the Prime Minister.
“Modern, spacious and welcoming are the key factors to the project success with, among others, additional check-in counters, departure gates, and loading bridges to cater for current traffic as well as projected traffic growth in line with the government's aspirations to welcome 2 million tourists by 2015,” said the Prime Minister. Dr Ramgoolam also spoke of the importance of providing positive and high-quality experiences not only for passengers but also for greeters and accompanying family and friends through service and security standards that comply with international requirements.
It is expected that China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd, the building contractor, would hand over the new terminal building to ATOL by December 2012. The terminal would be operational by April 2013 following testing and simulations. It is to be recalled that ATOL, which is responsible for the design, building and operation of the new terminal building, is a joint venture between Airports of Mauritius (AML) and Aéroports de Paris Management.