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Video: ‘Taking Off’ On Impact Of Covid-19

After taking a hiatus due to the pandemic, Skyport has released the latest episode of ‘Taking Off’, a video series with host Mikaela Pearman that highlights the airport redevelopment project, with this episode highlighting the impact of Covid-19 in the construction of the new passenger terminal building.

Speaking in the episode, Mikaela Pearman said, “As we continue to cope with the global Covid-19 pandemic, its impacts are being felt right here on the construction of the new passenger terminal building.

“Before the state of emergency was declared on April 3 and the site shut down, 95 percent of the construction had been completed.

“We were gearing up for a mid-summer completion, but that’s now no longer realistic.

“Work resumed on the site on Monday, with the strict social distancing and hygienic measures to ensure the safety of all personnel. However, it’s too early to know how much of a delay the pandemic will have on the schedule.

“Before the site shut down, we were close to entering the testing and commissioning phase, where we would run simulations and trials to ensure everything was working as it should.

“Additionally, work was due to start on the fitting out of the restaurants, lounges, retail and duty-free spaces. Because many of the furnishings have to be shipped in, it’s difficult to say when that work can begin.”