Haiti: Toussaint Louverture Airport Still Under Construction
- Sunday, March 18, 2012 6:21 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/Le Nouvelliste) - Rehabilitation work continues at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport. If an initial starting room was made available to passengers, most of the work is still yet to be done. We still need at least a month to put the airport in step with international standards, promised the construction firm Panexus.
The employees are in the oven and the mill. Each, in his case, focuses on his task. No time for jokes. Everything happens almost indoors now. Much of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport is under construction. The work will not be completed before the end of March.
Contrary to what was promised by those of the construction firm Panexus, passengers still have to wait. However, they can always console themselves with the first arrival hall, quite comfortable, which allows us to predict how the airport will be when completed.
"We're almost done with the ground floor, the finish area. We met with unexpected [matters] that gave us a hard time. But I think by next week, the bulk of the building work will be completed to advance to the finals on the floor that will be housed, among other things, the immigration hall," said Lesly Oriol, manager of the construction firm Panexus, speaking with Le Nouvelliste.
"There are many things we encountered on the ground that it did not expect. It took that time to take time for another study and whether we should keep ... ," Oriol said.
When asked when will there be an airport totally completed, Lesly Oriol said that in ten or fifteen days, the large structures will be completed, but "as in all airports I visited, we never complete the work. Even when the firm has completed its work and handed the key to the authorities, it will always continue to develop the airport, again and again. And besides, every five years, you're supposed to redesign the interior, subject to give it another look," suggested Lesly Oriol.
It's true, he acknowledged, that work should take between late February and March, but, he said, on the ground reality is quite different.
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Source: Le Nouvelliste