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Infrastructure expansion at airport a top item for Tom Ada

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The Guam International Airport Authority is celebrating its 43rd anniversary, and Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, in her first proclamation signing Friday, designated the week of Jan. 13 as Airport Week.

Former senator Tom Ada is GIAA's new executive manager and says his top priorities include major capital improvement projects, such as a new third-floor arrivals corridor set for completion by the end of the year.

"The construction activities if not properly managed could cause a significant disruption in the airport operations," Ada said. "So we're looking at that very closely, making sure that we're anticipating the next steps and trying to get in front of it so that we minimize the disruption."

Other projects include the expansion of Airport Road, and the construction of a new commuter terminal. Also high on his list to review is the protracted litigation with DFS, which is contesting the ten-year, $154 million master retail concession contract awarded to rival Lotte Duty-Free in 2013.

"I think we're going to start seeing some movement in that," Ada said. "But that is a very important piece because the revenues that's generated from that contract certainly is key in our ability to be able to service the bonds that we have taken out - bonds in excess of $100 million."

Superior court judge Arthur Barcinas last year voided the contract and ordered it to be rebid.  The airport has appealed the decision, but the supreme court has not yet ruled in the case.

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