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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:
www.nassaulpia.com
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

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.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS; March 25, 2018 – North America’s bitter winter is sending residents hard-hit by one storm after another packing, heading for the sun and driving up numbers in visitor arrivals with the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) predicting the busiest Easter weekend on record, officials said yesterday.

“People in Canada and the U.S. who have suffered through a season of what felt like never-ending northeasters are just plain weary and worn down by the weather. The appeal of The Bahamas where they can bask under a shining sun and escape the harsh conditions is so inviting, trading the white of mounds of snow on the ground for the white of warm sand,” said Vernice Walkine, President and CEO of NAD, the company that manages the nation’s busiest airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau. “For us, the important takeaway is that whatever is driving the uptick, we have to maintain the highest standards to ensure that our customers, visitors and locals who pass through LPIA, have the quality experience they deserve.”

In addition to NAD’s preparations to meet increased demand, airlines are adding seats. Air Canada and West Jet, both of which serve Canada and account for the bulk of increases in the non-U.S. international arrivals, have altered flight schedules and are flying at nearly 90% capacity.

On Saturday, March 24, LPIA handled 1,014 aircraft movements, nearly double the 600 or so movements on a typical day. One of the strongest segments was private FBOs, including Jet Aviation and Odyssey Aviation. Last year, the busiest travel day of the Easter holiday was the Saturday before Easter with some 23,370 U.S.-bound passengers flying over the 5-day period Thursday through Monday.

The prediction of a record Easter weekend came just days after NAD reported the best December and January in its 11-year history and said bookings looked strong for the coming months. Along with a brutal winter driving weather-weary sufferers south, a stronger U.S. dollar, increases in tourism marketing and the opening of Baha Mar are credited with boosting interest in The Bahamas. In one recent survey of visitors to Exuma, more than 50% said the swimming pigs led them to the destination. And Expedia released figures today showing that The Bahamas was among the top three destinations for regional travel.

According to Ms. Walkine, travelers will benefit from preparing for the holiday rush, including arriving extra early. “We had a great Easter last year and we are expecting an even better and busier one this year,” she said. “As such the public should be aware and encouraged to plan and travel wisely, arrive at least three hours ahead of their flight. That sounds like a lot of lead time, but we have created an atmosphere that makes the airport experience memorable so that it becomes an extension of the positive Bahamas vacation experience. We have comfortable lounges, restaurants, shopping and even outdoor patios to allow visitors to pass the time and get that last bit of sun prior to leaving. NAD and industry partners will also be hosting activities in the terminal to enhance the visitor experience.”

Walkine also had tips for those picking up passengers.

“Be aware of parking options, know the rules and conveniences around dropping off and collecting persons from the airport. We encourage persons picking up from the airport to park in the short term parking lot and we have made this affordable at $2 for a half hour,” she said.  This is far more economical and convenient than burning fuel to circle the airport while waiting for your guest or worse, parking in prohibited areas and being towed.

When 151,454 passengers landed at LPIA in December and another 140,314 in January, the numbers represented the highest figures since the pre-recession holidays of 2007/2008. December’s increase was the highest in a single month, up nearly 15,000 over the second best year a decade earlier. Preliminary results for March with Easter falling the 1st of April are even more impressive – up by 24% over 2017 arrivals to date and greater records expected in the next week.

More than 3.3 million passengers pass through LPIA every year with the airport serving 55 destinations via 24 airlines.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS; March 22, 2018  – Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), the management company responsible for The Bahamas’ busiest airport, reported today that air arrivals at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA)  during December 2017 and January 2018 were the highest in the company’s 11-year history and for the first time in a decade exceeded pre-recession travel levels.

Some 151,454 passengers landed at LPIA in December, 140,314 in January, the largest numbers since the pre-recession holidays of 2007/2008. December’s increase was the highest in a single month, up nearly 15,000 over the second-best year a decade earlier. Preliminary results for March are even more impressive – up by 24% over 2017 arrivals.               

“The strong increase in air travel to LPIA is excellent news,” said NAD CEO Vernice Walkine. “While we are handling more passengers than ever before, we are also pleased that enhanced systems including pre-clearance check-in kiosks have made the LPIA experience smooth, efficient and enjoyable for passengers from around the world.”

The uptick in arrivals is being driven by several factors, according to airport officials. Among them, an increase in airlift, the return of Sunwing Airlines, strengthening of the Canadian dollar and a brutally cold winter in the U.S. northeast and Canada. They also credit a marketing and promotional ramp-up by Ministry of Tourism and destination partners, especially in Canada and specific markets in the U.S. and U.K. “Canada is driving growth in international arrivals all on its own,” said Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development. 

Canada has led the impact on the higher numbers with both West Jet and Air Canada seeing significant growth in their passenger numbers this season and capacity on flights averaging 89%.  The bitter cold and a change in flight times help account for the Canadian boost. British Airways also enjoyed about a 10% increase in air arrivals. According to another NAD official, a Baltimore to Nassau route operated by Southwest Airlines showed a strong increase over last year’s performance.

The Baha Mar factor is yet to be quantified but officials report that nearly every U.S. airline has added seats in anticipation of increased demand driven by marketing of the new luxury resort and casino. Various promotion boards’ marketing efforts are also credited with the image of Exuma’s famed swimming pigs driving traffic from far-off places to the islands of The Bahamas.   

Overall, a 15% increase is projected in non-U.S. international seat capacity through June 2018. 

According to Walkine, the company which has employed Bahamahost training for front-line staff across LPIA has focused on excellence in service delivery. That focus has paid off. Earlier this month LPIA walked away with third place honours when the Airports Council International announced its Best Airports in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.  More than 600,000 passengers throughout the region participated in the ranking process.

More than 3.3 million passengers pass through LPIA every year with the airport serving 55 destinations via 24 airlines.  

                  

 

 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS; March 6, 2018 – Airports Council International (ACI) World today announced the winners of its 2017 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) earned a third-place tied ranking for Best Airport serving more than two million passengers per year in the Latin America-Caribbean region.

2017 marks the seventh year of LPIA participation in ASQ surveys, and the second consecutive year that the airport has placed in the region’s top three.  Ecuador’s Guayaquil Airport earned first place, Mexico’s Los Cabos claimed second place, with LPIA and the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana in a tie for third.

ACI World presents awards to airports with the highest passenger survey ratings across 34 key performance indicators, including access, check-in, restrooms, shops and restaurants. It is also the only worldwide programme to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel, delivering some 600,000 individual surveys per year in 42 languages in 84 countries.

“Since 2011, the team at LPIA has consistently elevated the passenger experience across every aspect of our operation. This second consecutive top three ranking from ACI World is a testament to these shared efforts to deliver a world-class airport experience to our valued passengers,” said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD). “Today’s award spurs our team to keep striving for the coveted top airport ranking in our region.”

This success is the result of several initiatives to improve the passenger experience at LPIA – from automated passport control kiosks that streamline the preclearance process to providing BahamaHost customer service training to front-line staff.

“Objective measurement and benchmarking are critical in driving performance in any business especially in such a competitive and dynamic one as an airport,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “These winning airports have dedicated themselves to delivering a stellar customer experience. ACI World proudly recognizes the accomplishments of all airports in the global ASQ network. I look forward to celebrating with them in September.”

As the primary international gateway to The Bahamas, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is the fourth busiest airport in the Caribbean. Services include scheduled and charter flights to the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and 23 neighboring islands in the Bahamas. In 2017, LPIA served 3.3 million passengers travelling with 23 airlines to almost 60 destinations.

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For further information:

Jan Knowles

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Nassau Airport Development Company

Email: jan.knowles@nas.bs

Phone: 242-702-1089

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NASSAU, BAHAMAS November 26, 2017— On Wednesday November 29, 2017, stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise. The drill scenario will begin at 6 p.m. with a call to NAD’s Operations Center from an MD80 aircraft inbound from ‘Safe-ville’ declaring an emergency landing at LPIA.

Local and international aviation regulations require airports to establish an emergency plan commensurate with the aircraft operations and other activities conducted at the airport. Regulations also mandate that a full-scale emergency exercise should be conducted at intervals not exceeding two years to evaluate the Emergency Plan.

In addition to passengers and airline crew, teams from local emergency response agencies including the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Civil Aviation Authority, Bahamas Air Navigation Services (BANS), Bahamas Air Accident, Investigation and Prevention Unit (BAAIPU), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Airport Authority, MED Evac, Bahamas Red Cross Society, Princess Margaret Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) will participate in the drill. Volunteers will pose as crewmembers and passengers involved in the incident.  The most recent emergency drill exercise at LPIA took place in December 2015.

Deborah Coleby, NAD’s Vice President of Operations says putting LPIA’s emergency plan to the test allows all agencies involved to assess their individual level of preparedness and orchestrate a coordinated response.

“Upon completion of the exercise, a hot debrief will be conducted and a final report generated will provide feedback by local and international evaluators. Improvements are made based on the findings of the final report and the the airport’s Emergency Plan is updated accordingly,” Coleby explained.

Wednesday’s exercise is expected to last approximately four hours. Passengers are advised that air travel to LPIA will not be impacted during the drill. NAD encourages travelers to proceed with their travel plans as scheduled.  Members of the general public are also advised that there will be emergency response vehicles in the vicinity of the airport during the drill.

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Photos attached.

Photo captions 1: Volunteers participating as simulated aircraft crash victims during a previous emergency drill at LPIA. The latest emergency drill is set for November 29th at 6 p.m.

Photo caption 2:  Scenes from past full-scale emergency exercises at LPIA. Upcoming drill set for November 29th at 6 p.m.

 

Media Contacts:                  

Jan Knowles

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Nassau Airport Development Company

Jan.knowles@nas.bs

Or

Shonalee Johnson

Windward Public Relations

sjohnson@windward-pr.com

1-242-601-3743

1-242-456-4797 (mobile)

Nassau, The Bahamas (April 1, 2017): Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) today marks a milestone, celebrating 10 years of operating Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) under a partnership with Vantage Airport Group and the Government of The Bahamas.

NAD began an anniversary countdown earlier this year, celebrating with a number of community activities. The private operating company also shared, on its website and social channels, a series of highlights and achievements that have helped make LPIA one of the top-ranked airports in the region. More recently, NAD recognized long-serving employees, a group of more than 60 people who have worked with the company since it was inaugurated in 2007, during a well-attended event at New Providence Community Church.

To further mark the occasion, Vantage Airport Group is gifting to NAD a custom art piece to be displayed at LPIA. The work will be created by local artist, Dede Brown, and will consist of several hundred fish painted in vibrant hues to capture the beauty and diversity of Bahamian sea life. It will be installed in a central, high-traffic area and will complement the airport’s existing art pieces that work together to create a uniquely Bahamian sense of place.

“It is a matter of great pride for me to share in this commemoration and celebration of this significant benchmark for the Lynden Pindling International Airport,” said the Honourable Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation. “The last ten years have seen tremendous growth and enhancement such that our airport has distinguished itself not only in the region but globally for its beauty and standards of excellence.”

“NAD’s operations have transformed LPIA into a world-class facility that provides a welcoming first and last impression for our passengers,” said Vernice Walkine, CEO of NAD. “I am so proud to celebrate this anniversary and the success of our airport, which is due in large part to the power of this partnership, the strength of our operations and the expertise of our employees.”

“Vantage is delighted to share in this anniversary and commemorate a decade of operations at LPIA,” said George Casey, Chair and CEO of Vantage Airport Group. “Our partnership has led to a best-in-class facility with a high-performing team that drives innovation and best practices. The result is that LPIA has a well-deserved reputation as a leading airport in the region. I’d like to thank the Government of The Bahamas for placing their trust in us to operate this important gateway airport.”

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The work commissioned by Vantage Airport Group as a gift to NAD brings to life the vibrant and diverse sea life that inhabits the 900 square miles of coral reef found in the waters surrounding The Bahamas.

OCTOBER 24, 2016 – The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and Vantage Airport Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Paula Rigby to the position of Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.  Paula joined the company in 2007 as Financial Controller and was appointed Director of Finance in 2013 and then Acting Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer on April 1, 2016.  With this new appointment, NAD now has a 100% Bahamian executive team managing the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

 

Full Press Release – Paula Rigby appointed VP Finance & CFO – October 24, 2016