Transport Minister Lawrence Scott confirmed another $3.4 million Minimum Revenue Guarantee (MRG) payment to Skyport yesterday.

Updating MPs in the Lower House on Friday (July 15) said, to date, Bermuda’s taxpayers have forked out a total of $47,392,811.82, in seven MRG payments for the new LF Wade International Airport.

“On July 8th, 2022 Skyport, provided the Airport Authority with a formal notice of the shortfall of $3,474,927.53 between the actual airport regulated revenue collected for the period from the 1st April 2022 to the 30th June 2022 and the guaranteed minimum regulated revenue for the same period.

“In late 2021, I advised the House that the Project Agreement contains a pre-determined schedule of the guaranteed minimum regulated revenue amounts for each calendar quarter of the 30-year contract.

“The Government continues to honour its obligations in this regard, including making this latest MRG payment of $3,474,927.53 to Skyport,” the Minister added.

“To date, we have made seven MRG payments to Skyport totalling $47,392,811.82 including this payment.

“Although we are trending in the right direction (each quarterly payment has been lower than the previous year’s quarterly payment), even with the increased air routes and passenger traffic we anticipate that MRG payments for the remainder of 2022 and into early 2023 to be approximately $5 million.