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Cayman Islands Airports

Following the Cayman Islands Government granting the Government of Canada exclusivity to develop a proposal for the renovation and expansion of two Cayman Islands airports, We were engaged to undertake a full open-book due diligence, followed by the scoping and structuring of a PPP concession deal.

The Mott MacDonald deal team were instrumental in developing both the business concept and an innovative technical solution to deliver the airport project. We depended heavily on their experience and advice to structure a delivery concept that would demonstrate value for money...

Steve Nackan

President of AECON. Concessions


Under Cayman Islands legislation there is now a requirement to demonstrate that the proposed development would be value for money to the airport itself, stakeholders and businesses associated with the airport and to the wider Cayman Islands economy. These enhancements also had to be delivered without taking on further CI Government debt.


We gained full access to airport senior management for an extended period of time and undertook an extensive review of their financial accounts. We evaluated the current financial model, advising on improvements to business structure, financial controls, revenue/cost optimisation of existing publicly owned assets.

We proposed a process that aligns with new ‘Value for Money’ (VfM) legislation. To demonstrate value, we authored a PFI VfM paper to inform negotiations between the Cayman Islands Premier, governor of the islands and UK government on the prospective public private partnership (PPP) concession and the wider macro-economic and fiscal benefits that the concession would bring to the islands.


Mott MacDonald delivered a bankable business case for investment off the back of route development, increased commercialisation and capital development of the assets.

As part of the due diligence, our team developed a concept design and business plan, proprietary to Aecon, for optimisation of the airfield and terminal buildings, which:

  • Doubled the operational capacity of the airports whilst delivering the enhanced terminal capacity for 20% less
  • Allowed the airports to immediately invest in the various safety and regulatory improvements that have been highlighted by bodies such as the CI CAA and ASSI
  • Improved customer satisfaction by modernising and improving terminal passenger flows to match the international standing of the Caymans as a leading financial centre and premier tourist destination
  • Ensured deliverability of capital development by phasing construction to protect the ongoing operations of the airport, whilst bringing improvements online an estimated three years earlier than traditional procurement routes
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