Monday, 19 January 2015

Airline News: Extension and Refurbishment of Mahé Domestic Terminal

SCAA launches project to "Improve the travel experience of domestic passengers"

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has announced its plans for a major project to extend and refurbish the existing Mahé Domestic Terminal, an undertaking that aims to improve the travel experience of domestic passengers.

The project, commencing on 19 January 2015, is expected to be completed by February 2017 and will be carried out in three phases.

Phase 1 consisting of construction of a new Departure Lounge and Check-in Area with six checking desks; constructing at first floor a CIP Lounge, office space and other amenities; New baggage Handling Area, Baggage Handling System and Security Systems. Phase 1 is expected to be completed within the first 11 months.

During phase 1, all operations for both arrival and departure will continue in the existing domestic departure lounge. Once phase 1 is completed all operations will move in the new Departure lounge for both arrival and departure operations.

Phase 2 will consist of the refurbishment of the existing Departure Lounge and converting it into the new Arrival Lounge, and is expected to take a total of 7 months.

Phase 3 focuses on commercial facilities consisting of some minor construction works; New facilities for service providers:  Car Hire Operators, Banks and Money Changers, DMC’s, Snack Bar, retails outlets and other amenities; New Offices for Air Seychelles Domestic operations, construction of new water harvesting tanks and decorative water features. Phase 3 is expected to last 6 months.

For the duration of the project and due to the nature of this undertaking, there will be certain inconveniences and impact on operations. However, the project team will ensure that everything is done to minimize Risk Impact and to mitigate traveller discomfort.