The expansion of the main building of the Ushuaia airport terminal, in Tierra del Fuego, is scheduled to be finished early next year helping to further promote what is rapidly becoming the main industry of Argentina's most southern province.
"Works in the air terminal of Malvinas Argentinas international airport are on schedule and advancing at a good rhythm; they should be finished early next year", said Jorge Palacios Public Works Deputy Secretary for Southern Argentina in an interview with a local newspaper. Palacios said the expansion project will double the air terminal's passenger and freight movement capacities. The expansion is jointly funded by the Tierra del Fuego provincial government and London Supply the company which has the concession to manage the air terminal. "Funding is mostly from the private company, through the Public Works ministry, but we still have to agree on the different rates and how to distribute them", added Palacios. Basically London Supply is responsible for the work and the contracted labor while the ministry checks the quality of materials for the building, schedules and the compliance with the blueprints of the facilities expansion. According to Palacios London Supply has been awarded an extension of the current concession and a readjustment of international boarding and parking rates. "When it's all finished the air terminal capacity will have double capacity, which means additional space for shops, rest rooms and a restaurant and tea room". Although with winter construction work slows down considerably, Palacios said the company is hopeful that beginning next spring and early summer "the remaining 60% of the project should be finished". "Given the increasing number of flights and passenger turnover, we believe the expanded facilities will contribute to alleviate current inconveniences for the visiting tourists, and even open a several years horizon", said Palacios.