VINCI has made a €14m investment on the new works with other plans set for completion in 2021
VINCI Airports’ new freight terminal at Las Americas has officially opened, with an inauguration ceremony to celebrate the completion of the four-year modernisation plan.
Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic, and Nicholas Notebaert, CEO of Concessions and Chairman of VINCI airports, were among those who attended the event at the airport, which serves Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
The new developments were carried out by VINCI Construction Grands Projects at a total of €14m, with the aim of supporting momentum in the country’s economy and tourism sector.
Notebaert believes the inauguration is positive for the development of the country’s economy. “Rapid and reliable aviation capabilities are critical for export-led economies,” he said. “VINCI Airports is proud to continue its partnership with the Dominican Republic with this new freight terminal serving the capital.
“It will support the country’s momentum by creating a new commercial hub for the Caribbean.”
FedEx will occupy the new freight terminal and facilitate the development of Dominican exports.
The new warehouse enables all operations within the freight transport chain to work in the same building. Restaurants, banking services, offices, counters for customs and administrative facilities are included in the commercial building.
VINCI has said that 100% of the waste produced at the site will be reused or recycled, as they try and make an effort to optimise water and energy consumption.
Back in 2019, the company set up photovoltaic panels, which are used as a power supply and cover around 20% of the airport’s energy requirements.
Plans have also been set to extend the atrium in the passenger terminal and to modernise the immigration and security departments. It is hoped that this new investment phase will be completed in 2021.