NASSAU, BAHAMAS September 13, 2023— On Thursday September 7, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) partnered with Charlotte Knowles Thompson Agency Ltd. to host a special one-day college fair for airport employees and persons in the wider aviation industry.  The event, held at New Providence Community Center, is part of NAD’s mission to provide opportunities for growth and useful resources for the more than 4000 employees who work at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

For four hours, airport workers interested in pursuing higher education met with representatives from 32 local and international institutions to discuss future career development paths. Parents who work at the airport and within the aviation community also had the chance to explore options for their own children at the college fair.  Representatives from the Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Division were present to offer tips on funding education at the tertiary level.

Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD along with her executive team took Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper on a tour of the college fair.  “Aviation plays a critical role in the growth and development of our overall tourism product, and I am encouraged by the interest in today’s career fair from those who work in the industry,” DPM Cooper said.

He continued: “As a government, we are investing some $260 million in infrastructure upgrades at Family Island airports. As we continue to build out our National Aviation Strategic Plan, it is important that our workforce is receiving the skills and training needed to support the sector now and into the future.”

Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD, thanked the organizers and commended airport staff who took advantage of the opportunity. “Events like this one help us to further engage and inform workers in the aviation industry and related fields. We thought it fitting to host the career fair just as we wrap up an extremely busy summer period where employees have more time to participate. We chose a location that was close to the airport so staff could conveniently come over on their lunch breaks or on the way in to work to meet with the college representatives.”

To increase participation, NAD provided shuttles every 30 minutes between LPIA and New Providence Community Center for airport staff.  Event organizer, Charlotte Knowles Thompson industry professionals and students based in the Family Islands will also have the opportunity to attend a virtual version of the career fair between September 25-29, 2023.


The Department of Bahamas Customs has launched a new digital declaration process known as the Exempt app which is mandatory for returning residents. Visitors with items to declare are also required to declare via the use of the Exempt app. The app allows you to:
-Submit your declarations before arrival
– Pay online
– Search duty rates
– Experience shorter waiting times in the Customs Hall
– Go paperless
The App can be found and downloaded from your Google play, or Apple app stores on your smartphones or tablets. For more information, please visit https://exempt.gov.bs/.
Nassau Airport Development (NAD) will be hosting a one day College Fair for the Lynden Pindling International Airport Community at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road on Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 10:00am to 2:00pm for staff members who wish to pursue higher education.
A Bus Shuttle will be provided every half hour to transport staff members to the Community Centre and back. Thirty-Two (32) local and international higher education institutions will be participating as well as the Ministry of Education Scholarship Division.
Recognizing that the transportation personnel at LPIA are a key aspect of our tourism ecosystem, NAD partnered with Nassau Agencies Ltd. (NAL) for a Health & Safety Give Back event in their honor. Held on May 8th, 2023, at LPIA, these personnel were greeted with a few open remarks from our CEO Vernice Walkine and reminded that this event is all about them. We celebrate and appreciate them as they are often the first to escort travelling passengers into their memorable Bahamian experiences. The event was well received with representatives from throughout the taxi, tour and livery sector present, who were excited and appreciative of the tribute. There were over 250 bottles of Beep hand and surface sanitizers given, that are now in the hands of those who represent our tourism sector daily at the domestic and international terminals.
Recipients included: Bahamas Experience Tours, Baha Mar, Leisure Travel Tours Ltd. and Cheryl’s Bahamas Taxi & Tours. This is the second collaboration involving NAD and NAL, as this event is an extension of NAD’s Health & Safety expo which was held on April 26th and served nearly 200 persons from within the airport community. It also aligns with the expo’s theme of adapting to the new norm.
Special thank you to Kristen and Michelle (NAD team members), Kermetra Rolle and Tonisha Rolle, Brand Managers – Nassau Agencies Ltd. (black and Beep shirts)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS May 22, 2023Traveling through a busy airport terminal can be particularly challenging for children on the autism spectrum. Often, sensory issues are heightened when checking in for a flight, moving through security processes in an unfamiliar environment or waiting to board an aircraft.

Last month, students from the Garvin Tynes Autism Unit along with teachers and parents toured Lynden Pindling International Airport to become more familiar with what to expect when travelling. The exercise, organized by Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) in partnership with Bahamasair and Airport Authority, focused on familiarizing students and parents with airport processes.   Staff members from both Bahamasair and the Airport Authority were instrumental to the event, simulating the check-in and passenger screening process respectively as the students made their way through the airport.  The tour was also an opportunity to further sensitize airport workers to the needs of all passengers.

Jonathan Hanna, NAD’s Vice President of Operations, said the tour is in line with the airport’s goal of making travel a more inclusive experience. “The airport can be quite overwhelming for persons on the spectrum with all of the lights, sounds and crowds. During Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to take our impact a step further by hosting the students from Garvin Tynes Autism Unit at the airport,” Hanna explained.

“Through this experience, we hope to make families feel more comfortable when traveling, for them to know what to expect and for them to see how their children react and respond in a specific environment.  In addition to the tour, we also created a story book outlining the travel experience. The book, which can be downloaded from our website www.nassaulpia.com, can be used as a visual tool for families to help prepare them for any upcoming travels.”

Bright lights, announcements over the intercom or something as simple as removing articles of clothing or shoes during the security screening process can trigger a response and, in some instances, can be physically painful for some children on the spectrum.

Parent and REACH board member Guerda Culmer is all too familiar with the challenges of introducing a child with autism to new environments. She accompanied her son, 6-year-old Isiah Culmer on the tour. Isiah was officially diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at age 3. She thanked the airport for giving the students at Garvin Tynes Autism Unit an opportunity to engage and interact with the wider community.

“It’s extremely important because in our culture when we think about disability, we think about somebody who is in a wheelchair, somebody for the most part who is handicapped. But when you look at most of our kids, on the exterior you wouldn’t be able to say that the child has some challenges. When they see the child having some sort of meltdown, they automatically think you’re not a good parent or think, why can’t you control this child.”

Parents who participated in the tour took away key tips to better prepare for travel.

“I think it more or less opens the eyes of the parents in reference to what to bring with them at the airport meaning things that are going to distract [the children] or take their attention,” Culmer said.

“I appreciated that we had a lot of persons at the airport and I witnessed that he wasn’t afraid of the crowd per se. As a parent, it’s about being prepared and making sure you know exactly where things are in the airport.”

 In addition to the tour, the airport community raised nearly $3000 in April for REACH through T-Shirt sales and walkathon registrations. NAD also donated 100 Sunflower Lanyards to REACH and 20 lanyards to children from the Autism Unit at Garvin Tynes. Last November, NAD launched the internationally recognized initiative to help airport workers better identify passengers with hidden disabilities such as autism and provide them with additional support as needed. For more information on the Sunflower Lanyard Program email: sunflower@nas.bs

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Photos attached.

Photo Caption 2:  Guerda Culmer and her son, 6-year-old Isiah Culmer tour LPIA with the Garvin Tynes Autism Unit


Media Contacts:   

 Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development  

Nassau Airport Development Company  

Email: jan.knowles@nas.bs 

Phone: 242 702 1000               



Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. (NAD) is seeking Proposers (experienced consortium or joint venture) to design and build a solar energy plant at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

This renewable energy initiative comprises of, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

  1. Solar energy technology solution options
  2. Project site location for delivery to (or within) the LPIA power grid
  3. Expected COD (Charge on Demand) for generation facilities responsive to this RFP
  4. Market pricing for energy capacity and all generation related services
  5. Level of experience of market participants in developing renewable energy
  6. Proposer’s affirmation of interest in providing a design build renewable energy solution to LPIA
  7. Deadline for submission of proposals: 2:00PM EST, June 30, 2023.


Proposers are to submit comprehensive responses for the development of a 1MW commercial scale grid tied solar power plant at LPIA.  Interested proposers are invited to provide a cost competitive bid, under the guidelines of the Bahamas Electricity Act. Proposers shall have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in the solar photovoltaic industry with at least 1MW of solar energy production.


  1. To achieve a high standard of excellence and customer service
  2. To achieve energy security and reliability at LPIA, the main international gateway to The Bahamas

Except as otherwise specified in this Request for Proposal, NAD will not enter into any communications with Bidders in connection with this procurement except to provide clarification regarding the RFP and the procurement process. NAD will respond in writing to any request for clarification where such written request for clarification is received not later than fourteen (14) days before the deadline for submission of Proposals.  Any Bidder requiring clarification on the RFP or procurement process may notify NAD in writing at the address indicated below:

Mr. Sean Moultrie, Capital Projects Manager

Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd.

Lynden Pindling International Airport

Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sean.moultrie@nas.bs

Nassau Airport Development Company hosted the first Health & Safety Expo since the global pandemic under the theme ‘New Life, New You: Adapting to the New Norm’ on Wednesday April 26, 2023.
The global COVID 19 Pandemic has reinforced the need to address psychological issues, increased health and sanitizing measures, increased focus on physical health, food quality and security so the event was organized to give the airport community an opportunity to come out and meet representatives from the participating agencies.
•  The Ministry of Health Surveillance, Disaster Management and Expanded Program for Immunization Units
•  The Pan American Health Organization
•  The Bahamas Agricultural, Marine and Scientific Institute
•  The National Emergency Medical Services
•  The Airport Authority Airport Rescue and Firefighting Division
•  Kanoo
•  British American Financial
•  Nassau Agencies Limited
•  Commonwealth Brewery
Photo caption left to right: Mechelle McDonald, Environmental Coordinator, Vernice Walkine, President and CEO and Kristen Rolle, Safety & Emergency Planning Coordinator

NASSAU, BAHAMAS April 3, 2023Key stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy Easter holiday travel period. Early projections indicate that between April 6 (Maundy Thursday) and April 10 (Easter Monday) an estimated 70,000-80,000 passengers will be processed at the country’s major gateway.

Airport officials are predicting strong numbers across all sectors- US, international (non-US) and domestic travel when compared to the same period in 2022 and when benchmarked against 2019. Last Easter, LPIA recovered 80% of pre-pandemic passenger traffic when 62,112 passengers moved through its terminals. In 2019, a banner year for travel, some 75,000 travelled were processed over the Easter holiday weekend.

“Coming off of a strong first quarter of travel including a significant boost during spring break, we expect to see numbers 15-30% over the same period in 2022,” Vernice Walkine, President & CEO at Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) explained.  “Based on our projections heading into the Easter holiday weekend, we anticipate passenger counts at LPIA that will match or quite possibility exceed pre-pandemic levels.”

To properly manage the uptick in traffic, NAD met with key airport stakeholders including Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs, Airport Authority, US Customs & Border Protection (USCBP), Air Traffic Services (ATS), Airline Operators, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Road Traffic Department. Discussions centered on staffing needs during peak periods, queue management and passenger flow from the curbside to the airside.

From an operations standpoint, Jonathan Hanna, Vice President of Operations at NAD said the focus for the upcoming weekend is to ensure that LPIA is functioning at optimal capacity.

“Since the start of spring break, our airport partners have been doing a great job managing high demand and continue to make the necessary adjustments to operate efficiently. As airport managers, our goal is to facilitate their processes by ensuring that our systems are functioning at optimal levels,” Hanna said.

Last fall, NAD’s Operations team introduced AeroCloud’s AI technology to manage gate assignments and predict traffic patterns particularly during peak periods.

He continued: “We are utilizing AeroCloud software to better estimate flight cancellations, delays or diversions and to keep an eye on weather in our source markets.  With this critical information, we can communicate in real time to our airport partners and concessionaires so that they can deploy the proper resources to minimize impact on business.”

While AeroCloud helps operators manage traffic in terminal and on the airside, focus is also being given to reducing congestion on the curbside. In November 2022, NAD opened a cell phone waiting lot where drivers can park for up to sixty (60) minutes free of charge while waiting on arriving passengers.  Users must remain in their vehicles as all times while in the lot.

Looking ahead to Easter, officials are urging members of the public to take measures to improve their own travel experience. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at LPIA three (3) hours prior to US-bound flights and two (2) hours ahead of international and domestic flights.  It is also recommended, where possible, to book flights outside of the peak travel hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm in order to avoid long lines and crowds.

Travellers should also stay in contact with their individual airlines and download the AeroCloud mobile app available on Google Play or Apple App Store for real time flight updates. LPIA passengers can also receive direct updates from the airport at www.nassaulpia.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @nassau_airport.

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Media Contacts:   

Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Email: jan.knowles@nas.bs

Phone: 242 702 1000             

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), the operator of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is seeking prescribed proposals from prospective bidders (“Proponents”) interested in designing, financing, constructing, maintaining, operating, and managing two (2) Common Use Lounge Concessions at LPIA.