Airport: Rent charged to Guam Customs is fair

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Guam International Airport Authority general manager Tom Ada said the rent it charges GCQA is essentially what it costs the airport to operate the facility. This includes power, water, and custodial services and the rates paid for those have changed, espcially power rates, which have increased.

Guam International Airport Authority general manager Tom Ada said the rent that the airport charges to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency is fair and similar to what the airport charges to everyone else.

Ada was responding to some senators’ belief that the rent the airport charges GCQA may be too high.

In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K-57, Ada said the rent is essentially what it costs the airport to operate the facility. This includes power, water, and custodial services and the rates paid for those have changed, especially power rates, which have increased.

Ada said GCQA is now working to reduce its footprint. Currently, some 63,000 square feet is available for Guam Customs but the agency is only using and paying for half of that total area available.

Ada said this frees up $600,000 from rental payments that can be used to upgrade computers and other needs of the agency, as long as they are airport-related matters.

Ada also said that 8.29 cents are collected per passenger passing through the airport to fund the services of GCQA and that this fee has not been updated in years.

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