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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

The coming days are among the busiest for LPIA operations, with thousands of people travelling for Thanksgiving. Keep your spirits bright with these travel tips.

  • Get mobile! Confirming travel details, checking in and seeing what amenities are offered at LPIA and onboard is all easily done from the convenience of your smart phone. (Just remember to pack a charger!)
  • Pack wisely. Check with your local pre-board screening authority for rules about carry-on baggage. Restrictions still apply for liquids, aerosols and gels so remember the 311 rule: 4 ounces or less per container for liquids, gels or aerosols; packed in 1 quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag; limit of 1 bag per passenger.
  • Allow for extra time to get to LPIA. Anticipate extra hustle and bustle at the airport, especially on Friday November 24 and Saturday November 25.  Arrive early to check in, clear security and head to your gate with time to relax.
  • Lineup for screening? Take advantage of the wait by placing coins, keys and any small metal items in the screening bin and unpacking your laptop from its bag.
  • Pack a little extra patience. Thanksgiving is among the busiest times for LPIA, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to keep people, bags and planes moving.
  • Happy travels! Whether you’re heading to a family dinner, going shopping or returning home, enjoy your trip.

From all of us at LPIA, best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving.

Winter is coming for one deserving student from The Bahamas!

The second recipient of Vantage Airport Group’s International Education Award is Michelle Morris. The annual $7,500 tuition award is provided by Vantage Airport Group in partnership with LPIA and Kamloops Airport, two of its network airports. It is awarded to one student from The Bahamas who enters or continues their studies in an undergraduate program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in either business or tourism.

Michelle is set to pursue an education in the Bachelor’s of Business Administration undergraduate program. She is one of a growing number of Bahamian students at the Kamloops university. Since its introduction in 2015, the award has helped garner increasing interest in TRU from students from The Bahamas. In fact, the university welcomed 26 students from The Bahamas for the Fall 2017 semester up from 6 in 2016, a 500% increase in one year!

Not only does the award help facilitate a first-class education at TRU, it offers students the opportunity to experience a new culture, a new city and new weather (hint: there is snow!) in Kamloops, B.C.

We are pleased to continue partnering with Vantage, Kamloops Airport and TRU, and to be a part of the educational journey for Bahamian students.

The Vantage Airport Group International Education Award will be available again for the Fall 2018 semester at TRU. Interested applicants will find details about the award’s eligibility and how to apply on TRU’s website in March 2018. For more information about studying at TRU, visit TRU.ca/truworld.

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