The funds earmarked for this expansion project may not cover the cost of the expansion.
Guam – The Guam International Airport Authority’s Public Relations Officer, Rolenda Fauusuamalie issued a statement regarding the airport’s expansion project, indicating the possibility of a downscaled expansion project for TSA screening lanes.
Read Faasuamalie’s statement below:
“The Airport has been in discussion with TSA Guam on the expansion of screening lanes, as part of our capital improvement projects. In fact, the expansion of TSA screening lanes was included in the priority project listing that was to be funded by 2013 general revenue bonds of $110 million. Since the closing of the bonds, we have aggressively been moving forward with major capital improvement projects that deal with safety and security. This includes the $97 million international arrivals corridor which groundbreaking is scheduled for July 29, the $30 million baggage handling system which was completed just last month and the design and construction of a new aircraft and rescue firefighting facility in the amount of $14 million, to name a few. Concurrently, we were working on conceptual designs of an expanded TSA screening area. As the work on the international arrivals corridor progressed with the first design work, and now construction, this one project took nearly all the funding available by the revenue bonds. Thus, work on the expansion of TSA screening lanes project will either be downscaled due to decreased funds, and/or will progress as we work to find opportunities to fund the added lanes. In regards to comments on TSA employment, TSA briefly mentioned concern of staffing issues but did not attribute the specific reason/cause to be the design issue. We can only speculate that the efficiencies of the baggage handling system contributed to this personnel issue.”