RUNNING costs for the new air terminal could hit £2 million, says the government.

The controversial building was officially completed last week although it remains unclear when it will open for departures.

The government claims capital investment in the project rose from an initial £24 million announced by the previous administration, to about £57 million today.

A number of contracts have been cancelled in an effort to reduce running costs including a £100,000 cleaning contract.

“When the scale of the new air terminal project was revealed, concerns were expressed not just at the considerable capital investment but also at the potential increase in running costs,” said
Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia.

“It is clear the concern about the running costs have proved to be well founded.

“The government is doing its utmost to keep these costs to a minimum but at the same time must be able to provide a service.”

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