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Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland;
March on to glory, your bright banners waving high.
See how the world marks the manner of your bearing!
Pledge to excel through love and unity.

Pressing onward, march together
to a common loftier goal;
Steady sunward, tho’ the weather
hide the wide and treacherous shoal.

Lift up your head to the rising sun, Bahamaland,
‘Til the road you’ve trod lead unto your God,

MARCH ON, BAHAMALAND!

Timothy Gibson

Washington spoke; Friends of America look over the
  Altantic sea;
A bended bow is lifted in heaven, and a heavy iron chain
Descends link by link from Albion’s cliffs across the sea to bind
Brothers and sons of America, till our faces pale and yellow;
Heads deprest, voices weak, eyes downcast, hands work-bruis’d,
Feet bleeding on the sultry sands, and the furrows of the whip
Descend to generations that in future times forget.— poets.org

Nassau, Bahamas — Today, major rehabilitation work will begin on Runway 09/27 (soon to be Runway 10/28) and Taxiway India at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has partnered with local firm Bahamas Hot Mix to complete the capital project valued at just under $20 million dollars.

The rehabilitation exercise will result in required upgrades to asphalt, extending the life of the runways at LPIA. Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) will also be added to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft that overrun the runways and new LED approach lights will be installed to assist pilots during low visibility operations.

Over the past year, internationally recognized independent pavement consulting company, Golder Associates Ltd. (Golder), was contracted to work closely with NAD’s Airside Operations & Public Safety team and to conduct pre-engineering, design, tender preparations and contract administration services for the runway rehabilitation project.

In April 2019, NAD initiated a Request For Tenders (RFT) to six qualified companies (four international and two Bahamian firms) to submit bids for asphalt paving services for the project. A total of four bids were received and submitted to the independent pavement consultant for evaluation including three international companies (United States, Canada and Costa Rica) and one Bahamian firm.

After all of the bids were carefully evaluated, Golder recommended that the contract be awarded to Bahamian asphalt paving company Bahamas Hot Mix (BHM). Golder determined that the company submitted the most competitive bid and met all of the specifications required to complete the project in the most efficient, cost effective and timely manner. In recent years BHM has successfully delivered Runway Projects at the following airports: Marsh Harbour -2006, Norman’s Cay – 2013, Bimini -2015, Staniel Cay -2015, Hog Cay -2016, and Grand Bahama International Airport -2016. In addition, in 2009, BHM would have successfully remediated significant paving works on LPIA’s main runway (14/32) after its reconstruction from 2004-2006.

Its team of 150 staff has repeatedly delivered Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliant Projects, utilizing the BHM International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accredited operating procedures for 9001 Quality Assurance and Control, 14001 – Environment, 17001 – Compliance Testing and 18001 – Safety. It is NAD’s expectation that the LPIA airside pavement rehabilitation project will be delivered safely, to specification, on time and on budget.

Starting today, LPIA will begin operating as a single runway facility and this is expected to continue over the next four to six months. Airport stakeholders have activated contingency plans that should assist with reducing impact to overall operations at the country’s major gateway. LPIA will continue to operate a safe and efficient airport, meeting all international safety standards.

NAD officials are advising members of the travelling public to exercise patience when arriving or departing from LPIA, as there will likely be delays resulting from the runway rehabilitation project. Motorists using the intersection of Windsor Field Rd. and Rock Plant Rd. are asked to approach the area with caution, pay particular attention to signage in the area and be aware of heavy equipment movement in the area starting this week. Crews will conduct work between sunrise and sunset.

Based on the projected timeline, NAD anticipates works being completed before the busy Thanksgiving travel period. For the latest updates on the runway rehabilitation project, visit www.nassaulpia.com or follow @Nassau_Airport on Instagram and Facebook.

A True Hero

© Julie Mills

Published: September 2014

What makes a man a hero?
I’ve often thought this through.
It’s someone who is macho?
It’s someone who is true?

No, that is not a hero.
He’s just a simple man.
Always there when things go wrong
and who does the best he can.

He lends a strong shoulder
To ease the flow of tears
He holds high the lantern
To drive away your fears.

His smile was just enough
To give encouragement.
His frown more than adequate
To make one soon relent.

When some had need of guidance
His ears he’d freely lend
Advice came in abundance
You chose, not him could you offend.

He had no need of medals
Or glory this is true.
That’s why, dear Grandpa
Our hero has to be you.

Nassau, Bahamas; June 9, 2019 – Vantage Airport Group, a leading global airport investor, developer and manager, has marked the successful delivery of its second biennial operations workshop, held this year in Nassau, The Bahamas with support from Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), operators of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is a Bahamian company owned by the government of The Bahamas and operated by Vantage, making LPIA part of Vantage’s worldwide network of airports.

Almost 40 airport operations professionals from across the Vantage network attended the two-day immersive workshop, which focused on emergency preparedness and response, outcomes and continuous learning.  The workshop agenda included presentations, tabletop simulations and small group work on the latest on emergency planning, reporting and investigation, and recent technological advancements impacting the spectrum of airport operations, from passenger screening and security to training and incident management.

“One of the advantages of being part of the Vantage network is the opportunity to share best practices and learn from one another’s experiences,” said Lori Chambers, Senior Director, Operations, Vantage Airport Group. “We work hard to foster a culture of collaboration, rooted in the principles of safety and security, across our network of best-in-class airports, and this workshop is a great example of that approach.”

“We are so pleased to host operations colleagues from across the Vantage network. Beyond the valuable shared learning on the subject of emergency management, this event offered NAD an opportunity to showcase the operational excellence our team delivers at LPIA every day,” said Deborah Coleby, Vice President, Operations, NAD.

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Photo caption: Operations workshop delegates receive hands-on training with the latest virtual reality and simulation tools developed by Vantage to support safe operations at its network of global airports, including Lynden Pindling International.

About Vantage Airport Group

Passionate about people, performance and place, Vantage Airport Group is a leading investor, developer and manager of airports around the world. Since 1994, Vantage has been making airports more efficient, profitable, sustainable and connected to the communities they serve. Vantage has lent its expertise to more than 30 airports in its 25-year history, taking 20 from public to private management. Its current network is composed of ten airports, including LaGuardia Terminal B in New York and Midway International Airport in Chicago. Vantage is also JetBlue Airways’ preferred development partner for the international terminal redevelopment project at New York’s John F. Kennedy International. Together, Vantage airports served more than 57.7 million passengers in 2018, travelling on 150 different airlines. For more information on Vantage’s industry-leading approach, network airports and career opportunities, visit vantageairportgroup.com.

About Nassau Airport Development Company

NAD is a Bahamian company owned by the Government of The Bahamas and operated by Vantage Airport Group, a Canadian airport development and management firm.  In April 2007, NAD signed a 30-year Lease with the government to manage and operate LPIA on a commercial basis while providing Bahamians with opportunities for business and investment.  In 2019, the Lease was extended a further 20 years to 2057.

 

Airport Will Operate On A Single Runway Until Work Completed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 3, 2019— On June 17, 2019, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) will begin an extensive runway rehabilitation project on Runway 09/27 (soon to be Runway 10/28) and Taxiway India at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

According to officials, the work will take place over a four to six-month period with a total capital investment of just under $20 million dollars.  For the duration of the project, LPIA will operate as a single runway facility. NAD has put contingency plans in place to reduce the impact to overall operations. 

Once completed, the project will result in upgrades to asphalt, which will extend the life of the runways at LPIA.  Further, Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) will be added to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft that overrun the runways. The project will also include the acquisition and installation of new LED approach lights on the runways to help pilots better identify the airport during low visibility operations. 

Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD said the runway rehabilitation is scheduled maintenance that must be done to ensure that LPIA continues to operate as a safe and efficient airport and meet all international safety standards.

“We understand the importance of the upgrades and are now in a position to invest the necessary capital to undertake the project at this time. There was no perfect time to do these necessary works, so we will have to manage the project with the goal of minimizing disruption to ongoing operations. We are working with key airport partners on contingency plans to manage the flow of air traffic and to ensure the usability of the airport’s sole runway during the rehabilitation process.”

The project will begin during one of LPIA’s many peak travel periods, but based on the projected timeline, NAD anticipates that the runway rehabilitation will be in full swing during the slower period of September and October with the goal of having works completed before Thanksgiving.

NAD has implemented contingency measures for continuous aircraft movement at the airport while in single runway operations such as the use of newly acquired equipment to remove disabled aircraft should the need arise, and scheduled maintenance (i.e. paving surfaces, lighting repairs) will be conducted during off peak hours (midnight to 5 am). During this period, LPIA will advise neighboring airports that it cannot be utilized for any airline diversions unless it is an emergency. In the event of inclement weather while the airport is operating with a single runway, ATC will follow existing protocol, suspending services at LPIA until conditions improve.

NAD will also continue to work closely with partners to capture and remove wildlife on the airside and the neighboring areas that might impede operations.

 Walkine continued: “We would like the public to note that it is not uncommon for airports of our size and in this region to operate using a single runway.  Barbados, Trinidad, St. Lucia and St. Maarten all operate using one runway. During this period, we are asking the travelling public to exercise patience when arriving or departing from LPIA, as there will likely be delays resulting from the runway rehabilitation project.”

Motorists driving near the intersection of Windsor Field Rd. and Rock Plant Rd. are also advised to pay particular attention to heavy equipment movement in the area once work commences on June 17. Crews will conduct work between sunrise and sunset. NAD is asking all motorists to observe signage in the area and to exercise caution when approaching the intersection. 

 For the latest updates on the runway rehabilitation project, visit www.nassaulpia.com or follow @Nassau_Airport on Instagram and Facebook. 

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Photo caption: LPIA To Begin $20M Runway Rehabilitation Project on June 17. Shown here is Runway 14-32, LPIA’s main runway which will remain open while works are being done on its smaller runway and some taxiways highlighted in red. 

 

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), the operator of the Lynden Pindling International Airport is interested in attracting experienced, enthusiastic and imaginative operators for a prime food and beverage concession.

Mr. Reynaldo Sanchez, Training Manager for the Latin America and Caribbean region of Avis Budget Group, spent three days on island with team members.

The training series titled ‘The Customer Lead Experience’ focuses on the Avis vision of being relentless in fulfilling our customers’ wants, needs and preferences ensuring a level of excellence from end to end. During the sessions team members were given challenges and solutions and had some fun with role playing.

Avis is known for their commitment to ‘Try Harder’. With this training, customers can expect the Avis team members will be ‘Trying Even Harder’ for you.

Photo (Left to right) Kevin Moore, Mennette Woodside, Deidre Gardiner, Edwin Simms (Freeport City Manager), Kevin Sears, Patston Bevans, Juanita Edwards (Administration), Shenique Gibson, Melonie Badmus, Reynaldo Sanchez (ABG Training Manager), Olivia Collie, Cardinal Gibson. Missing from the photo Derinique Russell, Geraldo Bullard and Jeanette Thompson.

About Avis

Avis in The Bahamas is a Licensee of Avis Budget Group under the Latin American & Caribbean Region with locations in Nassau and Freeport. This licensee has been Bahamian owned and operated for more than 55 years. Avis Internationally has approximately 5,500 locations in nearly 170 countries and is one of the world’s largest and most recognized car rental providers dedicated to expanding mobility solutions and personalizing the customer experience.

Last week, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) began a phased demolition of the former domestic and international terminal building at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). NAD’s Maintenance & Engineering Department is spearheading the project and estimates a 10-week timeline for the initiative. According to Kevin McDonald, Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering at NAD, the building will be demolished using heavy equipment and trucks to remove the debris.  Built in the late 1950s, the old domestic and international terminal opened for operation in 1957. Once the building is completely demolished, the land will be used for future airport expansion plans. Consideration is being given to the construction of a new dedicated Domestic Terminal at the airport. The site will not be used for the proposed airport hotel.  The proposed hotel site is on 4.68 acres of land just northeast of the existing US Departures Terminal building near the airport’s international parking facility. Pictured reviewing the demolition plans are l to r: Kevin McDonald, VP of Maintenance & Engineering, Deborah Coleby, VP of Operations, Sean Moultrie, Manager of Capital Projects, Gary Scavella, Director of Maintenance & Engineering, Rashad Grant, Supervisor of Capital Projects and Mr. Dwight Higgs, Superior Maintenance. Photos by Vincent Vaughn.   

From the Management and Staff of LPIA, we wish all Mothers a beautiful Mother’s Day.

A Mother’s Love 
Of all the special joys in life, 
The big ones and the small, 
A mother’s love and tenderness 
Is the greatest of them all. 
~ Anon.