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L.F. Wade International Airport Redevelopment

St. George’s, Bermuda

Aecon worked with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Bermuda, and Bermudians to develop, finance, design, build, operate and maintain Bermuda’s new world-class airport. The Public-Private Partnership (P3) project includes the construction of a new, larger, state-of-the-art airport terminal while operating and improving traffic flow throughout the existing terminal, as well as the renovation of existing facilities and provision of new retail spaces. The ultimate goal of this signature redevelopment project was to transform Bermuda’s aviation infrastructure and airport service offering, and to increase the airport’s overall capacity for international flights. This, in turn, dramatically enhances the country’s tourism opportunities.

CLIENT
Government of Bermuda

CONSTRUCTION VALUE
US $290 million

START DATE
March 2017

COMPLETION
2020

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288K
SQ FT NEW TERMINAL

1.6M
CONSTRUCTION MANHOURS

885
BERMUDIANS WORKED ON SITE

400
BERMUDIAN COMPANIES, VENDORS, SUPPLIERS ENGAGED

The project was implemented under a framework agreement between the Government of Bermuda and the CCC. Commercially, it was delivered using the P3 business model. As the private sector partner, Aecon's responsibilities include the project’s development, financing, and long-term operation and maintenance. CCC delivered a new world-class airport terminal and associated infrastructure under a fixed price, date guaranteed design and construction contract.

Before the project began, Aecon launched Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited – a special purpose Bermudian company wholly owned by Aecon Concessions – to manage and coordinate the overall delivery of the project, and to operate and maintain the airport until 2047. Since its launch in March 2017, Skyport assumed all existing airport operations, maintenance and commercial functions.

When the project reached financial close in March 2017, the entity formerly known as DAO ceased operations, and the majority of its staff accepted employment with Skyport. The Government of Bermuda introduced the Bermuda Airport Authority (BAA) to oversee Skyport’s operation of the existing airport and overall performance under the agreement. By taking over a publicly-managed asset that was previously run by government agency DAO, Aecon Concessions took on the responsibility of overseeing an existing team of experienced (and former) DAO managers and staff, bolstered by new hires, to increase and improve the existing airport’s operations.

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