A shiny new VC Bird International Airport terminal opened on Thursday amidst much pomp and ceremony, and apparently with a price tag to match.
When the project was announced in 2011, the initial cost was US $45 million. That sum was increased to US $75 million by May 2013, and during the terminal’s opening ceremony on Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Paula Frederick Hunte quoted the final cost at nearly US $98 million.
Despite the cost, however, tourism stakeholders expressed high hopes for the new facility.
“This facility, at a cost of approximately US $98 million, is one we can all be proud of, and I am confident will help ensure the bright and successful future of Antigua & Barbuda,” she said.