NASSAU: Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau officially opened its new terminal for domestic flights and international departures on October 23, marking the completion of a four-year, $409 million redevelopment of the Bahamas’ largest airport.
The new 606,000 sq. ft. airport is capable of accommodating 50 per cent more passengers (more than five million each year), who can now enjoy 24 retail locations and 16 restaurants, bars and lounges. Outside, the additional one million sq. ft. of aircraft operating surface has the capacity for large aircraft, including the A380 jumbo airliner.
Officials of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) designed the new airport with 10 aircraft bridges and 30 aircraft ground loading positions that can accommodate up to 12 U.S. aircraft (compared to five previously) plus positions for international aircraft. Other features include a state-of-the-art baggage delivery system and energy-efficient terminals that maximize natural light and incorporate generous roof overhangs for natural shading and cooling.
“The Bahamas has consistently welcomed a record number of visitors in recent years but we do not rest on our laurels and will continue to be aggressive in attracting visitors to our islands,” said Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe. “Tourism generates 75 per cent of the GDP, and the new LPIA is a very tangible symbol of our vision for Nassau and our commitment to delivering an exceptional visitor experience, from the time of arrival to departure.”
The first stage of the redevelopment, the newly constructed U.S. Departures Terminal, opened in March 2011 on time and under budget, followed by the opening of the International Arrivals Terminal in October 2012. The new terminal will primarily serve Bahamian residents traveling to and from the Bahamas for business and leisure. It will also serve other visitors traveling between Nassau and the Out Islands and Canadian, British and other foreign nationals departing Nassau for destinations outside the U.S.