Completion of Guam airport’s international arrivals corridor project pushed back

A.B. Won Pat International Airport (file photo)

The completion date of the Guam airport’s international arrivals corridor project has been pushed back to the end of 2021, according to airport officials.

The Guam International Airport Authority plans to have a steel topping ceremony — which is the placement of the last beam of the international arrivals corridor — on Friday.

The international arrivals corridor project adds a 3rd floor and a sterile separate corridor for arriving passengers. Phase I was completed in June 2019.

Late last year, GIAA officials said the completion date of the project had been pushed back due to various unforeseen issues that were not anticipated during the course of the project.

As a result of the delays, the cost of the project, with potential change orders included, may be raised from the original $122 million price tag to approximately $130 million.

On Monday, John Quinata, GIAA executive manager, provided updates on the status of the project and the steel topping ceremony on Friday.

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“It is the last piece of steel that is coming to the 3rd-floor corridor on the east corridor. This is the combination of all the work that has been done to get the international corridor up and running,” Quinata said.

It is scheduled to be open by the end of 2021.

“So that piece that we are doing this Friday is the last beam that will go up. We will have all the workers who were working on this project — sign up the steel beam …along with the Governor, myself, and the board,” Quinata said.

He also provided updates to the other components of the international arrivals corridor project, such as the west corridor, which is expected to open soon.

“We do have the west corridor from the gate that’s going to be opening up this month, hopefully, once we get the occupancy permits. So that is half of the international arrivals corridor that will open. The topping ceremony this Friday is for the east wing. And that will complete the total of the 3rd-floor corridor…the international arrivals corridor,” Quinata said.

For his part, Airport Deputy Executive Manager Ricky Hernandez said the international arrivals corridor will open up a lot of opportunities for the airport — not just from a business standpoint but also getting vendors in that will be able to provide other types of activities to departing passengers.

Hernandez told K57’s Patti Arroyo that the airport is also working on an updated capital improvement plan as the airport continues to experience the impact of the pandemic and consider diversifying its revenue base.