08/25/13 - Tourism Review - HAVANA AIRPORT TO BE UPGRADED FOR $10.2 MILLION
The major international terminal in Cuban Havana Airport, is set for a big
boost following a $10.2 million project aimed at renovating the facility.
This development has been confirmed by state-run media. The facility has
had to deal with increased traffic over the years and is largely congested.
An overview of the renovation process was carried in the Havana Reporter,
an English-language newspaper. The overhaul on Terminal 3 will include
among others the extension of a parking zone outside the terminal and the
construction of 8 footbridges for boarding purposes.
According to Cubadebate, the government website, the venture also requires
a number of additions. Essential are new walkways, an improvement of
lighting and air conditioning systems, more check-in counters and systems
to preserve electricity and water.
The Cubadebate informed that the eastern side of the terminal will be
advanced to enable it handle larger aircrafts. Juan Carlos Quintana, the
airport director, further added that nearly 17,500 square meters (190,000
square feet) of brand new roofing had already been fixed.
Terminal 3 contains the most recent designs in comparison to all the other
terminals in Jose Marti International Airport. It was constructed at a cost
of about $93 million with Canadian aid. After its completion, it was
formally commissioned in 1998 in an elaborate ceremony attended by Fidel
Castro and Jean Chretien who was then the premier in Canada.
Even with its enhancement, however, it is still straining under the weight
of heavy traffic. It is not uncommon to see long queues at the check-in,
security, baggage collection and immigration sections. It is evident that
further expansions are necessary to deal with this high number of
passengers and enhance service provision.
The terminal at times handles between 1,800-2,000 passengers. If you
include the people escorting these passengers to the airport, the number
can go up to 2,500. According to the website, the terminal is designed to
ideally handle 1,400 passengers. Due to the high demand, this number is
often exceeded leading to poor service delivery. Long queues and customer
delays are common.
Going by the figures provided by Cubadebate, Terminal 3 handles 2.5 million
travelers annually, mainly international passengers. This number excludes
chartered flights going or coming from the USA which are handled by
The number of people visiting the island has been on an upward trend from
the 1990s. The negative economic impact of the disintegration of the Soviet
Union led the Communist-run government led by Castro to turn to tourism for
the desperately needed revenue.
In 2011 alone, the island received 2.7 million tourists. This was a
significant increase from the 2.1 million tourists in 2007 as per
government statistics. According to stakeholder predictions, the number
could reach 3 million by the end of this year. Leading source countries for
tourists are Canada, UK, Italy and Spain.
Renovations of the terminal commenced in July and will be going on for 6
months. Cubadebate indicates that during this period, only passengers will
be allowed to the terminal to avoid interference with the construction
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