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GCM Airport update

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GCM Airport update

It looks like a part of the new airport has been opened ahead of time - the new wing of the check-in area.

They are also estimating that the entire upgrade will be complete by next Christmas (2018), with lots of incremental roll-outs being done through the year.

Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of the "Saturday congestion" at the airport.

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1. Re: GCM Airport update

When we arrived we were the only plane in....lucky us and they had lots of people working immigration so it didn't take us very long....but I did see ropes for lines outside when lots of planes arrive at the same time...reminded me of lines at Disney...sad, there was no one playing music!

Arrivals are currently the same as in the past.

Edited: 10:44 am, December 13, 2017
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During a walk-through of the nearly-completed Arrivals areas a couple of weeks ago (I was there in relation to my job), we were told it is anticipated that new zone will be opened and operational early February 2018. Based on how close to complete it looked at that time, that date sounds quite achievable. Actually it looked so close to complete that from the point of view of just the construction and finishing work, it could be ready a lot earlier that that, but there were indications that the authorities took the strategic decision to hold off the big move until after the Christmas / New Year peak traffic period so as to minimize the negative impact of any disruptions or glitches during that transition. Since the holiday season last year 2016, as interim measures they have made several tweaks to how the present Arrivals zones are operated, so as to make the best of what is presently being used for those functions to get through the peak holiday season as comfortably as possible for passengers arriving on the island.

So the major upgrades to Arrivals areas at Owen Roberts International Airport "soon come"!

Edited: 11:40 am, December 13, 2017
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We left GCM last Sat, Dec 9. The check in area for Southwest was manageable, but once we finally got through security and into the gate waiting area we were stunned. It was so crowded that there wasn’t even room for people to sit on the floor. Definitely wouldn’t pass any type of max people limits. Flights were arriving about 30 min late due to weather elsewhere, so this delayed outbound flights, which contributed to the masses. Announcements on top of each other and no way to tell who was announcing what. Hopefully that area gets some additional room with the upgrades and remodeling going on.

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Awesome news; thank you for sharing.

Arriving January 6th, countdown at T minus 24 days

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5. Re: GCM Airport update

Dan, we arrive Jan 7, hope the lines are short

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New arrivals area opens sometime in January. From what I understand they chose to wait until after the super busy Christmas/New Year period to allow for an easier transition as staff will need to adjust to the new space and situation in order to provide optimum service.

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7. Re: GCM Airport update

Stopped into departure area today...very nice and bathroom was a definite improvement!

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