From Compass Cayman:
“Airport officials unveiled the new design for Owen Roberts International Airport this week. The airport will more than double in size and in the amount of passengers it can comfortably handle.
Airport representatives and architects working on the new $55-million airport say the new building will be constructed in four phases, allowing the airport to stay in continuous operation throughout the project. The new building will have more than 200,000 square feet and triple the space for public areas in the terminals, a new air-conditioned indoor waiting area for arrivals, and more space for retail and food vendors.
Steve Harrill, an architect with U.S.-based design firm RS&H, said this week that the design is 30 percent complete. “There are a lot of details that aren’t worked out, but a lot of the big picture items are,” he said. He expects to begin construction late this summer on the first phase of the project. If things stay on schedule, the completed airport could be ready in the first half of 2018.
Mr. Harrill said the building, which currently has capacity for 1 million annual travelers, will be able to host 2.7 million annual passengers comfortably, which would be large enough to meet demand for 20-year estimates on how many passengers could pass through Owen Roberts.”