Starting next summer American Airlines will offer year-round service between Chicago and Nassau, the blossoming of a route that began as a seasonal winter service. The move strengthens the carrier’s commitment to the destination, rounding out its current roster of flights to The Bahamas from Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington D.C and Dallas/Fort Worth.

“American has a long and proud history in The Bahamas and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our footprint next summer as our Nassau-Chicago service begins to operate year-round,” said Alfredo Gonzalez, the carrier’s managing director for the Caribbean.

“This new route will provide our customers flying to and from The Bahamas with year-round access to this important destination and connecting hub in the United States, where we currently operate more than 480 daily flights to more than 130 destinations around the world.”

The good news comes as the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) celebrates a banner year thus far having just posted a record-breaking summer travel season.

“We continue to be delighted with our 31-year partnership with American Airlines, a carrier which offers more than 130 weekly flights to six destinations in the country,” said Jan Knowles, NAD’s vice president of marketing and commercial development. “American Airlines provides a robust schedule of flights between The Bahamas and the United States helping to drive air travel growth.”

More than 3.5 million passengers passed through LPIA in the 2018 fiscal year with the airport serving 55 destinations via 24 airlines.


On September 5th – 6th, NAD’s Environmental Coordinator Mechelle Sweeting participated in the annual ACI-LAC (Airports Council International Latin-American/Caribbean) training seminar on Airport Environmental Management, held in Miami, Florida. Mechelle joined a group of twenty-seven (27) representatives from the LAC aviation community in learning the latest on Aircraft Noise Monitoring, Climate Change, Wildlife Trafficking and Carbon Management.

Mechelle also attended the Environmental Committee meeting on September 7, 2018 whereby she was able to network with representatives from fellow Caribbean airports such as Barbados, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

Director General, Javier Martinez Botacio, expressed enthusiasm and gratitude for the attendance/participation of the delegates from Caribbean airports and looks forward to more involvement in 2019.


Photo caption: M. Sweeting, Javier Martinez Botacio and ACI-LAC’s Industry Affairs Manager Francisco Medela Alonso.


Photo Left to Right: Tennyson Wells, Chairman BAMSI, Minister Michael Pintard, Minister of Agriculture, Vernice Walkine, President & CEO, NAD, Carlton Bowleg, Parliamentary Secretary and Deborah Coleby, Vice President Operations, NAD 

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) approached the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) in a collaborative effort towards showcasing native fruit plants within the gardens located in the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).  BAMSI expressed a desire  to adopt a green space within these areas and plans ensued regarding the selection of plants, locations, etc.  On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, a fruit plants inclusive of guava, mulberry and soursop were planted in Garden C by organizational leaders Vernice Walkine (CEO, NAD), Michael Pintard (Minster of Agriculture and Marine Resources) and Tennyson Wells (Chairman of the Board and President, BAMSI). 

Aware of the impact BAMSI’s partnership with NAD could have on the Institute, Minister Pintard said that the fruit trees donated today reflect the government’s focus on building a  food secure future and how the introduction of native plants adds value to the airport as a destination.  Garden C is LPIA’s most plush and vibrantly colored terrace, featuring Agave, Barbados Cherry, Ornamental Pineapple, Coconuts and Cocoplum, with the Guava and Mulberry being its newest editions. It also offers seating for travelling individuals to enjoy the greenery as well as a front row view of arriving and departing US flights.  It presents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase native trees to our visitors, with LPIA facilitating approximately 3 million passengers on an annual basis , which represents an incredible market for BAMSI. This also provides us with an opportunity to introduce a younger generation of Bahamians to native plants they may not be accustomed to, as NAD hosts school tours of LPIA throughout the year.

Also in attendance were Carlton Bowleg (Parliamentary Secretary and MP for North Andros and Berry Islands) Deborah Coleby (VP of Operations, NAD), Nicole Henfield (Manager of Landside Operations, NAD) and Mechelle Sweeting (Environmental Coordinator, NAD) who were in full support of this joint initiative. 

It was through the efforts Mrs. Henfield that this event was a success!  Through the initial discussions with NAD’s Environmental department, BAMSI, led by Executive Director Dr. Raveenia Roberts-Hanna, connected with Mrs. Henfield who worked diligently with her Landscaping Team  ensuring  the ideal greenspace was selected for the plants and also that all arrangements were made. 

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in building bridges between communities, connecting with others and creating a beautiful environment.  In the words of Tennyson Wells “BAMSI is a relatively young entity and it will benefit from a partnership with NAD”.  Both entities look forward to expanding the local agricultural and environmental landscape of LPIA through future joint initiatives.











The Maintenance & Engineering Department at the Nassau Airport Development Company is seeking enthusiastic professionals for dynamic roles: Information Technology Network Administrator and Supervisor, Capital Projects at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. More information about these exciting roles at our award-winning airport are available on the Careers page.

The Nassau Airport Development Company wishes to advise the public that parking rates at the Lynden Pindling International Airport have been adjusted as follows given the change in the Value Added Tax Rate to 12%.  The new VAT inclusive rates are effective August 1, 2018.

New VAT inclusive Parking Rates August 1 2018

June 29, 2018:  With the advent of the busy summer travel season, the traveling public is advised that powder like substances 12 oz (350ml) or larger are now prohibited in the cabin of aircrafts and as such must be placed in checked luggage. Medically prescribed powder-like substances, baby formula and human remains are exempt and can be placed in carry-on bags. Other powder like substances such as sugar, flour, cosmetics and coffee and others that are more than 12 oz (350ml) must be placed in the traveler’s checked luggage.

As a result of the busy summer travel season and the added security measures, the travelling public is reminded to arrive 3 hours ahead of time for US bound flights.

For persons travelling on early morning flights between 6:00am and 7:00am please note that the doors of the airport open to the public at 4:00am. Most airlines with early flights begin check in at 4:30am. United States Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance opens at 5:15am.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are working with local aviation stakeholders to ensure these enhanced security measures are fully implemented.

The major implementation of these changes at LPIA will fall under the purview of the Airport Authority (AA) and the airlines that service US destinations. The AA is the entity responsible for security at LPIA. As the airport operator, Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. will work with AA and the airlines to support the implementation of the changes and the passenger experience at LPIA.

These enhanced security measures will help to secure all commercial flights departing Bahamian airports that serve as last points of departure to the United States.

Passengers should stay connected to the airport and their airlines via social media for important updates:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/NassauAirport
Twitter and Instagram – @nassau_airport.

2018_06_29 New TSA Screening Requirement for Powder like Substances – June 29 2018 – Final

NAD Seeks Partner to Operate Multiple Retail Concessions

June 8, 2018

Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) is seeking an experienced partner to design, build, finance and operate multiple, world class, retail concessions at The Lynden Pindling International Airport.

NAD is excited about the prospect of expanding its commercial offering to include duty free and other special items that will appeal to the complete spectrum of passengers served by the airport.

More information about this exciting opportunity to elevate the airport’s retail  options is available in the attached document.  

Request For Proposals – Multi Unit Retail Concession June 8 2018

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is seeking experienced, enthusiastic and imaginative partners to develop and operate a Bahamian-themed food and beverage concession in Lynden Pindling International Airport’s Domestic and International Terminal.

The successful partner will design, finance and operate the concession and bring five to 10 years’ experience in food and beverage operations to the project. NAD is excited about the prospect of expanding its commercial offering to include premium quality Bahamian-inspired delicacies and beverages that will appeal to the complete spectrum of passengers served by the airport.


More information about this exciting opportunity to elevate the airport’s dining options is available in this Request for Proposals.


On behalf of the entire community at Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) congratulates the following airline partners for winning Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards for Best Airline in their respective sectors for the fourth quarter of 2017.

U.S. winner: United Airlines

Domestic winner: Southern Air

International winner:  Air Canada 

We offer a special thanks to all participating stakeholders for continued support for the Airports Council International ASQ Awards, as we strive to provide the best possible travel experience for our passengers.  With your help, we can ensure that LPIA remains No Ordinary Airport.


NASSAU, BAHAMAS/MONCTON, NB; April 3, 2018 – Vantage Airport Group, which manages operations at both Lynden Pindling International Airport and Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, today introduced the Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation.

The new scholarship offers CAD 9,000 to an international student to attend Mount Allison University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and enter the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) Program — a unique undergraduate program that pairs a degree with pilot training.

“This is the second education award established by Vantage and its network airports, and we are so proud to help facilitate the educational journey for Bahamian students studying abroad,” said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO at Nassau Airport Development Company. “Aviation is an essential sector for The Bahamas, and this is an excellent opportunity for a local student to learn about this industry and experience the power of building international connections.”

This scholarship is modelled after the education award established by Vantage in Kamloops, B.C. with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in 2016, which has been presented to two Bahamian students and since sparked interest in TRU from around the Caribbean.

“On behalf of Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport and Vantage Airport Group, we are very excited to launch this scholarship and further invest in our community in recognition of our past CEO Rob Robichaud,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of the airport. “Through this scholarship, we are investing in our community and giving a student an opportunity for a Canadian learning experience, while strengthening connections across Vantage’s global network.”

Mount Allison’s Aviation program is offered in partnership with the Moncton Flight College. The Bachelor of Science degree program is one of only a few in Canada that allows students to earn an undergraduate degree that incorporates flight and ground school training. Students focus on subjects relevant to aviation such as geography, mathematics, and physics at Mount Allison; complete ground school training at the Moncton Flight College; and complete more than 200 hours of flight training.

The new Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation is named in honour of the late Edgar (Rob) Robichaud, past CEO of the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, retired RCAF lieutenant-colonel, well-known community leader and past board member for several Moncton-area organizations.

The scholarship is available for the first time in 2018-2019 to a full-time Bahamian student in, or entering, the Bachelor of Science (Aviation) degree program. The scholarship will be awarded to one student per year at a value of $9,000, unless there are two equally ideal and qualified students, in which case two scholarships will be awarded at a value of $4,500 each.

Applicants interested in the Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship in Aviation can learn more about the program and how to apply at www.mta.ca/apply.

Applicants interested in the Vantage Airport Group International Education Award at TRU can learn more www.tru.ca/truworld.

Pictured above: Students at TRU, including the first recipient of the Vantage Airport Group International Education Award, Ms. Krishe Pratt, second from left.