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New terminal opens in the Bahamas to welcome more international holidaymakers

  • 19-Oct-12 11:41
  • Bahamas
  • Caribbean News Now

Welcoming travellers on their Bahamas holidays for the first time ever, the brand new arrivals terminal at Nassau's Lynden Pindling International airport inaugurated its opening just last Tuesday, thus completing the second phase of the airport's redevelopment project.

New terminal opens in the Bahamas to welcome more international holidaymakers

Last Tuesday the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau opened its brand new terminal for international arrivals, expected to welcome thousands of more travellers heading to Bahamas on holidays.

The recent opening unveiled the completion of the second stage of the three-stage, $409 million redevelopment of the airport, which is Bahamas’ largest.

The first to be arriving to their Bahamas holidays through the new facility touched at the new terminal at 9:03 a.m. on a flight from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Thanks to the several improvements carried out throughout the airport and the brand new terminal which welcomed them, the holidaymakers arriving last Tuesday to Nassau, got a new first impression of the destination, with a much more spacious layout and a selection of new airport services and facilities.

Christening the new terminal, Bahamas’ Prime Minister, Perry Christie along with other government officials presided an official opening ceremony which took place on Tuesday evening.

The completion of the facility marked the timely completion of the airport development’s second phase after the first stage, the construction of a new U.S. Departures Terminal opened last year in March, right on time and under budget. The final stage will see the creation of a new Domestic and International Departures and Domestic Arrivals Terminal at the airport which is scheduled to open in sometime in autumn 2013.

Designed to welcome millions of worldwide travellers upon their arrival to relaxing holidays in The Bahamas, the airport at Nassau had been in need of an overhaul and makeover for some time. Now, the recently unveiled 226,000 sq. ft. international arrivals terminal follows an eco-friendly design initiated in Stage I, using a mix of 50-50 solid and glass wall construction to maximize natural light and generous roof overhangs for natural shading and cooling.

As new additions to the airport, arriving passengers on their way to their Bermuda holidays will also enjoy the benefit of four retail locations, four restaurants and lounges, and six hotel reception desks. A state-of-the-art baggage delivery system will also improve the arrival experience for visitors.

Once fully completed, the Nassau airport will have the capacity to handle 5 million passengers each year, up from its current capacity of 3 million passengers. Capacity for large aircraft will also increase to accommodate up to 12 US aircraft (compared to five currently) and six positions for additional international aircraft. LPIA will be able to handle the new age of jumbo airliners like the A380.

In a Caribbean island where tourism generates 75 percent of the GDP, LPIA is a very tangible symbol of the Nassau Paradise Island of the future, described by Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism for The Bahamas, as "an important foundation piece as we move aggressively to re-energize tourism growth."

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