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Antigua & Barbuda opens new state-of-the-art airport terminal

airpoST. JOHN’S, Antigua--Antigua and Barbuda has opened one of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean.

The new terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport has more than double the capacity of the previous terminal, making way for increased passenger traffic. It features four jet bridges and a state-of-the-art baggage sorting and scanning system.

With faster immigration-processing times and user-friendly innovations and features, the near US $100 million terminal that opened for operation Sunday will greatly improve the visitor experience, allowing travellers expedited access to Antigua and Barbuda, a statement from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said.

Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Energy and Investment Asot Michael said the terminal was the largest single infrastructural investment in the development of the twin-island nation.

“This facility is one that we can all be proud of and … which I am confident will help ensure the bright and successful future of Antigua and Barbuda,” he said.

“It will further cement our position as a premier tourist destination of choice in the Caribbean. We are responsible for ensuring a major part of this, by ensuring that our islands are exactly what we promise: welcoming, beautiful, safe and enjoyable; from the point when visitors touch down to their departure we will ensure that their experience is one that is unforgettable and that they take back only warm and lasting memories of their time spent in our beautiful country.”

For the upcoming winter season, JetBlue Airways will begin direct service to Antigua’s new international airport, from New York’s JFK International Airport on November 5.

In December, Alitalia will begin weekly service from Milan, and Seaborne Airlines will begin direct service from San Juan.

The new terminal features 46 check-in counters and 15 self-check-in kiosks; an enhanced shopping and dining experience with 30 retail units including International brands Dufry, Colombian Emeralds, Café Britt, Café Player and Subway; free Wi-Fi and Internet service; pet restroom; a VIP lounge, VVIP lounge; and Airport Executive Lounge.

The facility, funded by a China EXIM Bank concessional loan and a Chinese government interest-free loan, has also been specially designed with elevators, escalators and ramps.

The previous terminal building which processed over 860,000 passengers per year will continue be used partially for administrative purposes. ~ Caribbean360 ~

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