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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.

NAD receives a plaque of appreciation from Marathon Bahamas for its continuous support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas.  The Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend was held in January 2019 and twenty-four (24) NAD team members walked, ran and raced in support of a cure for cancer and to celebrate cancer survivors from NAD and around The Bahamas.

Receiving the plaque from Tonique Williams, Asst. Race Director of Marathon Bahamas is Mrs. Sian Bevans, Director, Human Resources NAD

Race for the Cure will be held on January 18, 2020 and registration will open October 1st 2019.  Visit http://www.komenbahamas.org/ to register your team.

Nassau Airport Development (NAD) is once again pleased to support The Salvation Army in their continuous effort to help the less fortunate in The Bahamas. The donation is made possible through our “Give. Change.” Initiative.

Presenting the donation cheque to Major Clarence Ingram, Divisional Commander is Mrs. Sian Bevans, Director of Human Resources at NAD

Easter Weekend Nets 75,000+ Passengers At LPIA—
Officials Credit Coordinated Stakeholder Plan For Seamless Operations

NASSAU, BAHAMAS April 25, 2019— Officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are recapping a successful Easter holiday weekend, touting seamless passenger movement through the country’s major gateway.

Projected numbers for the five-day period between April 18 (Maundy Thursday) and April 22 (Easter Monday), estimate that more than 75,000 passengers moved through the three terminal buildings at LPIA. Some 27,000 passengers were processed through the US Departures pre-clearance facility and Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs processed more than 30,000 arriving passengers over the Easter weekend. Air Traffic Controllers also reported just over 2500 total aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings) during the same period.

Airport stakeholders executed newly adopted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the peak period, mitigating congestion in terminal and on the airside. The Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism & Aviation, credits this coordinated effort by key agencies at the airport for the high levels of operational efficiency at LPIA over the past weekend.

“We have been working diligently with primary stakeholders to ensure that the increased traffic being experienced at the airport is met with an effective plan to manage higher passenger numbers and aircraft movement at LPIA,” Minister D’Aguilar said.

“My ministry will continue to work directly with our partners at the airport to ensure that LPIA is equipped and prepared to meet new demands in air arrivals to the destination. I’m proud to say that over the Easter holiday weekend all of the agencies worked together towards the common goal of providing a high level of service to persons arriving and departing from LPIA.”

In February, passenger numbers were up 21.9% year-over-year and up 13% in March 2019. With growth trends remaining consistent through April, agencies at the airport were prepared to manage higher volumes this past weekend. Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD commended LPIA stakeholders for adjustments made to accommodate the significant increase in passenger numbers.

“Overall, we are quite pleased with how well the Easter holiday weekend went from an operational standpoint. We saw improvements in efficiency both in terminal and on the airside. There were a few incidents that were quickly mitigated, demonstrating further that all stakeholders at LPIA have indeed developed strategies and contingency protocols to ensure operations run smoothly even with strong passenger numbers,” Walkine said.
“On the airside, the weekend saw a significant increase in aircraft movement, particularly on the Thursday before and the Monday after Easter. Even with the increased traffic on the airside, there were no significant delays or congestion issues. This demonstrates our capacity to handle heavy traffic on the tarmac.”

Over the Easter holiday weekend, LPIA’s operations plan focused on processing areas including pre-board screening in the US Departures terminal and the International/Domestic Departures terminal. Agencies also paid close attention to staffing levels as well as queue management in US Customs and Border Protection, Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs.

During the peak periods between 12pm – 3pm, Bahamas Immigration processed large families with young children and senior citizens on separate lines to keep wait times in the hall at a minimum. NAD deployed Line Management Agents (LMAs) to provide support and manage passenger flow in the US Departures Terminal check-in hall.

LPIA stakeholders comprise of Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs, Airport Authority, US Customs & Border Protection (USCBP), Nassau Flight Services (NFS), Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airline Operators, Nassau Airport Development Company’s Operations and Parking & Ground Transportation teams, Airport Police and the Road Traffic Department.

Media Contacts:
Jan Knowles
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Nassau Airport Development Company
Jan.knowles@nas.bs
or

Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797

www.windward-pr.com

 

 

LPIA Stakeholders Close Out Spring Break Travel Peak, Plan Ahead For Heavy Easter Traffic In Terminal

NASSAU, BAHAMAS April 15, 2019— As a busy spring break travel period comes to a close, key stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will continue operational measures to manage heavy traffic anticipated over the Easter holiday weekend.

In February of this year, 322,596 passengers moved through LPIA, up 21.9% year-over-year with similar growth trends expected when March actual passenger numbers are tallied. Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) officials are expecting additional growth in passenger numbers during April and in particular over the four-day period between April 19 (Good Friday) and April 22 (Easter Monday).

Last quarter NAD, in partnership with airport stakeholders, developed a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to manage the significant growth in passenger movement from the curbside to the gate and vice versa at LPIA.

“We have seen high passenger traffic in-terminal over the past 15 months with an 11% growth year-over-year in 2018 and figures for the first quarter of this year showing growth of 20% over prior year. For the upcoming Easter holiday period, we are continuing to evaluate and tweak our SOPs in real time to accommodate larger passenger volumes in our facilities,” Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD explained.

“We are working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the airport performs at a level that provides an exceptional arrivals and departures experience for our users. Our efforts are coordinated and focused on using increased manpower, existing technology and effective communication between agencies to improve the overall operations during peak periods.”

LPIA stakeholders include Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs, Airport Authority, US Customs & Border Protection (USCBP), Nassau Flight Services (NFS), Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airline Operators, NAD Operations, NAD Parking & Ground Transportation, Airport Police and the Road Traffic Department.

Earlier this year, all agencies were presented with the SOPs based on their role of execution in the overall airport operations. Entities are also given projected passenger numbers three days prior to anticipated peaks, allowing them sufficient time to review and schedule manpower accordingly. The passenger projection charts detail arrivals and departures traffic in hourly intervals and highlight peaks within each of the three terminals at LPIA.  This is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with historical passenger numbers.

A busy day for international arrivals at LPIA is approximately 5,000 passengers. In February, the airport recorded nine days with international arrivals between 6,000 – 7,500+ passengers. On March 9, a record breaking 8,245 passengers were processed through Bahamas Immigration and Customs. In US Departures, busy days are when 5,000 passengers are processed through the preclearance facility. During the first quarter of 2019, officials logged multiple 6,500- 7,000 passenger departures days. On the airside, LPIA recorded a total of 13,114 aircraft movements in January 2019 and 12,386 in February 2019, up 8.58% over the previous year.

For the Easter holiday weekend, LPIA’s operations plan will focus on processing areas including pre-board screening in the US Departures terminal and the International/Domestic Departures terminal as well as queue management in US Customs, Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs.  All areas should be well-staffed and queue times in the terminals should be 30 minutes or less.

Stakeholders will also continue customer-focused measures implemented earlier this year.  To expedite the flow of passengers on arrival, officers in the Bahamas Immigration Hall will process large families with young children and senior citizens on separate lines during the peak periods between 12pm – 3pm.  NAD Operations team will again position Line Management Agents (LMAs) to organize traffic flow in the US Departures Terminal check-in hall with the goal of processing times falling within a 30-minute window.

Walkine continued: “In addition to measures being taken in-terminal, our plans for the upcoming Easter holiday weekend will also focus on traffic management. NAD’s Parking & Ground Transportation team will continue to work directly with Road Traffic Department officers and the Airport Police to manage vehicular traffic on the landside of our operations. Our Scheduling team will work closely with airlines and ground handlers to maximize gating operations on the apron.”

As it relates to air traffic management, Air Traffic Services will have the added staffing required to efficiently manage the increased commercial and general aviation arrivals and departures from LPIA during this busy period.

With passenger estimates projected to exceed Easter 2017 and 2018, airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to allow for sufficient processing times on travel days and to stay tuned to NAD’s social media channels and communicate directly with airlines for important travel updates.  NAD along with the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board, the Ministry of Tourism and LPIA commercial partners will host holiday themed activities in-terminal featuring musical entertainment from local schools and bands, LPIA’s Baggage Claim Game in the International Arrivals terminal and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

LPIA Stakeholders Close Out Spring Break Travel Peak, Plan Ahead For Heavy Easter Traffic In Terminal

NASSAU, BAHAMAS April 15, 2019— As a busy spring break travel period comes to a close, key stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will continue operational measures to manage heavy traffic anticipated over the Easter holiday weekend.

In February of this year, 322,596 passengers moved through LPIA, up 21.9% year-over-year with similar growth trends expected when March actual passenger numbers are tallied. Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) officials are expecting additional growth in passenger numbers during April and in particular over the four-day period between April 19 (Good Friday) and April 22 (Easter Monday).

Last quarter NAD, in partnership with airport stakeholders, developed a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to manage the significant growth in passenger movement from the curbside to the gate and vice versa at LPIA.

“We have seen high passenger traffic in-terminal over the past 15 months with an 11% growth year-over-year in 2018 and figures for the first quarter of this year showing growth of 20% over prior year. For the upcoming Easter holiday period, we are continuing to evaluate and tweak our SOPs in real time to accommodate larger passenger volumes in our facilities,” Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD explained.

“We are working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the airport performs at a level that provides an exceptional arrivals and departures experience for our users. Our efforts are coordinated and focused on using increased manpower, existing technology and effective communication between agencies to improve the overall operations during peak periods.”

LPIA stakeholders include Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs, Airport Authority, US Customs & Border Protection (USCBP), Nassau Flight Services (NFS), Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airline Operators, NAD Operations, NAD Parking & Ground Transportation, Airport Police and the Road Traffic Department.

Earlier this year, all agencies were presented with the SOPs based on their role of execution in the overall airport operations. Entities are also given projected passenger numbers three days prior to anticipated peaks, allowing them sufficient time to review and schedule manpower accordingly. The passenger projection charts detail arrivals and departures traffic in hourly intervals and highlight peaks within each of the three terminals at LPIA.  This is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with historical passenger numbers.

A busy day for international arrivals at LPIA is approximately 5,000 passengers. In February, the airport recorded nine days with international arrivals between 6,000 – 7,500+ passengers. On March 9, a record breaking 8,245 passengers were processed through Bahamas Immigration and Customs. In US Departures, busy days are when 5,000 passengers are processed through the preclearance facility. During the first quarter of 2019, officials logged multiple 6,500- 7,000 passenger departures days. On the airside, LPIA recorded a total of 13,114 aircraft movements in January 2019 and 12,386 in February 2019, up 8.58% over the previous year.

For the Easter holiday weekend, LPIA’s operations plan will focus on processing areas including pre-board screening in the US Departures terminal and the International/Domestic Departures terminal as well as queue management in US Customs, Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs.  All areas should be well-staffed and queue times in the terminals should be 30 minutes or less.

Stakeholders will also continue customer-focused measures implemented earlier this year.  To expedite the flow of passengers on arrival, officers in the Bahamas Immigration Hall will process large families with young children and senior citizens on separate lines during the peak periods between 12pm – 3pm.  NAD Operations team will again position Line Management Agents (LMAs) to organize traffic flow in the US Departures Terminal check-in hall with the goal of processing times falling within a 30-minute window.

Walkine continued: “In addition to measures being taken in-terminal, our plans for the upcoming Easter holiday weekend will also focus on traffic management. NAD’s Parking & Ground Transportation team will continue to work directly with Road Traffic Department officers and the Airport Police to manage vehicular traffic on the landside of our operations. Our Scheduling team will work closely with airlines and ground handlers to maximize gating operations on the apron.”

As it relates to air traffic management, Air Traffic Services will have the added staffing required to efficiently manage the increased commercial and general aviation arrivals and departures from LPIA during this busy period.

With passenger estimates projected to exceed Easter 2017 and 2018, airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to allow for sufficient processing times on travel days and to stay tuned to NAD’s social media channels and communicate directly with airlines for important travel updates.  NAD along with the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board, the Ministry of Tourism and LPIA commercial partners will host holiday themed activities in-terminal featuring musical entertainment from local schools and bands, LPIA’s Baggage Claim Game in the International Arrivals terminal and a visit from the Easter Bunny.