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NAD Prepares for Uptick in Travel over Easter Holidays

Travelers should arrive early for their scheduled flights given COVID-19 protocols.

 

March 31, 2021 – NAD anticipates an uptick in visitor arrivals and departures over the upcoming Easter holiday period.  The month of March 2021 has been the most successful month for passenger arrivals since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced and Easter will allow April to start strong.

Passengers traveling internationally over the Easter Holidays are reminded to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. This will allow ample time for check in and other processing taking into consideration COVID-19 travel protocols.  COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing is available at the airport for passengers traveling to the United States.  Travelers who plan to have their tests administered at the airport should arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

NAD has seen steady but incremental monthly increases in domestic traffic since November 2020.   There has also been month over month increases in international travelers for November, December and January.  The airport experienced a slight downturn in international passengers during February compared to January, however March has shown the type of positive upward trend that we hope can continue throughout 2021.

During March, NAD had nonstops flights from 21 markets. Nine of those 21 markets had daily or near-daily service for the month.  It is anticipated that April will have nonstop flights from 23 markets with American Airlines adding flights from Washington, DC; JetBlue adding flights from New Jersey and United Airlines reintroducing its Denver flight.

Passengers travelling via LPIA are reminded of the airport’s COVID-19 protocols.  All airport users must wear a mask or face covering (over the mouth and nose) when in the terminal buildings.  Passengers must observe social distancing especially when queueing and adhere to the social distancing markers throughout the airport.  Access to the terminal facilities is limited to ticketed passengers only. NAD will allow non-ticketed individuals who are assisting elderly passengers, passengers with restricted mobility and minors travelling alone.  The airport has ample hand sanitizing stations and washrooms to facilitate hand cleansing.

NAD wishes all travelers a safe trip and Happy Easter!

Media Contacts: 

Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Jan.knowles@nas.bs

The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines – also known as Covishield – arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport today on United Airlines flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey.

The vaccines were received by Prime Minister Herbert Minnis; Health Minister Renward Wells; Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield; National Immunization Manager Nurse Ruth Bastian; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillian; Bahamas High Commissioner to India, Lowell Mortimer; and President of the Bahamas India Association Dr. Anupama Jacob.

The 20,000 doses delivered by United are a gift from the Government of India. The vaccines were pre-qualified by the WHO and received Emergency Use Listing (EUL) approval by the WHO. The vaccines have also received certification from the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS).

“I would like to thank Prime Minister Modi (@narendramodi) and the people of India for this generous assistance,” said the Prime Minister.

United Airlines is the first commercial airline to fly the COVID-19 vaccine to The Bahamas.  United has been proud to put its extensive resources, capabilities and expertise to work over the last several months, teaming up with logistics and pharmaceutical companies around the world to support the distribution of these life-saving vaccines.

According to Mrs. Elaine Foster, United Airlines General Manager in Nassau, the vaccines were flown on United Airlines flight 830 from Bombay, India and arrived in Newark, New Jersey this morning at 5:40am.  They were then safely transported to United Airlines flight 1456 which left Newark at 8:45am and arrived in Nassau just before noon.

According to United, the scientists behind these vaccines and frontline workers, like the team in Nassau, are the real heroes of this pandemic.  The airline has committed to doing its part to safely and effectively facilitate the transportation of vaccines across its expansive global network.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nassau, Bahamas (Oct 10)…..The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) is pleased to announce that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized The Islands Of The Bahamas as a Safe Travels destination for having met its enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travels Protocols.

Having developed these protocols specifically to rebuild the traveler’s confidence and to ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the global tourism industry, the WTTC awarded The Bahamas the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp.  It is the World’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, especially designed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and for other similar outbreaks. The Bahamas, through the TDC, will accrue both benefits and responsibilities as a user of the Safe Travels stamp to maximize its positive impacts.

“It is proving a great success, demonstrating its importance not only to destinations and businesses, but also to travellers and the hundreds of millions of people around the world who work in, and depend on, the Travel & Tourism sector,” stated Gloria Guevera, President and CEO of the WTTC. “More than 40 countries and 10 sub-regions are already utilizing the stamp as part of their re-launching strategies of their Tourism industries.”

The Safe Travels Protocols take WHO and CDC guidelines into account and are based on self-assessment of the protocols that are implemented in compliance with the Safe Travels Protocols for every aspect of the Industry, with guidelines established for airlines in conjunction with ICAO ‘s guidelines during Covid 19.

“The return of the visitor’s confidence to travel to revitalize the economy of The Bahamas is crucial to the well-being of our people and country and as such, the Safe Travels Stamp will allow those travelling to regain the necessary confidence and comfort as global standards are being met on each of the islands, as restrictions are gradually lifted,” said Janet Johnson, CEO of the TDC.

The TDC will be communicating with all stakeholders in The Bahamas as to the benefits and responsibilities for every tourism-related business which is given the stamp of approval for its implementation of the Safe Travels protocols and ongoing compliance.  Guidelines and protocols for what WTTC calls the “New Normal” have been developed for every sector of Hospitality and Tourism from Airports, Cruiseports, Attractions, Restaurants, Tours, Convention Centres, Car Rental Companies etc..

“When the visitor and also resident sees the Safe Travels stamp at a tourism-related business anywhere in The Bahamas, they will have the comfort level to feel safe and enjoy the destination and the particular experience, knowing that global standards have been met and appropriate protocols implemented, “said Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguilar. “The TDC has been authorized to ensure that every establishment in The Bahamas wishing to display the WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp has met the programme’s guidelines and standards prior to receiving the stamp.”

“It is really gratifying to note that our implemented protocols and measures as part of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery plan, and the Sustainable Tourism Seal of Approval programme developed in conjunction with the IDB, have met the enhanced standards of the WTTC and enabled our designation as a Safe Travels Destination, “ he continued.

The WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp will develop the instant recognition required to instill immediate confidence that safety measures have been taken for both resident and visitor alike.

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Contact:
Janet Johnson
427-3757
janet@tdcbahamas.com

Request for Proposals for Audit Services.

The Airport Authority and the Nassau Airport Development Company, (NAD) invite proposals from  Bahamian qualified Public Accounting Firms for the independent Financial Statement Audits of The Airport Authority and Nassau Airport Development Company.

More information about this request is available in the attached Request For Proposal (RFP).

NAD Audit RFP

A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing facility has been set up at LPIA to provide passengers departing Nassau to the United States with COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Nasal Swab testing only.  Test results are available within 30 minutes.

The facility which is run by Family Medicine Center, will supplement the multiple other facilities available to provide testing for travelers.  The testing center is conveniently located in the United States Departures Terminal opposite the airline check-in area.

NASSAU, Bahamas – On January 12, 2021 the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air passengers flying to the U.S. from a foreign country will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen test), taken no more than 3 days prior to the flight. This new regulation will apply to all travellers ages 2 and older, including U.S. citizens and international travellers. The order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.

Furthermore, any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three months must be prepared to show documentation of recovery, which consists of proof of their positive viral test, coupled with a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official, providing clearance to travel. Airlines will be responsible for confirming the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board, and will deny boarding to any person who does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test.

The Government of The Bahamas has successfully implemented stringent measures to protect its citizens, residents and visitors, and is well positioned to adhere to this new order, seamlessly integrating the CDC’s testing requirements into The Bahamas’ existing COVID-19 protocols. Currently, visitors to The Bahamas who stay longer than four nights and five days are required to take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their stay, with a number of testing sites throughout The Bahamas approved to administer tests. This means travellers and residents alike, readily have access to the viral tests, now required to enter the U.S.

“The Bahamas Government will continue to work in accordance with the CDC to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has been our top priority since the onset of this global pandemic,” said Dionisio D’Aguilar, The Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation. “Our journey has not been without bumps in the road, but we have made great strides in combatting this virus as evidenced by the very low case numbers we have now achieved. Visitors to our shores should have peace of mind knowing that we are making every effort to keep The Bahamas safe, and can now offer a turnkey, affordable and reliable testing process that meets U.S. requirements.”

All U.S. travellers to The Bahamas as well as Bahamian citizens and residents are required to abide by the CDC’s protocols to enter the U.S. An overview of these requirements, as well as FAQs, can be found on the CDC website.
For a list of approved COVD-19 testing sites in The Bahamas, as well as a full overview of The Bahamas’ travel and entry protocols, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor cases across the islands and loosen or tighten restrictions as needed. The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors. Travellers should check the status of their island destination before travelling, by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates.
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PRESS INQUIRIES
Anita Johnson-Patty
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
ajohnson@bahamas.com

Weber Shandwick
Public Relations
Bahamas@webershandwick.com

For immediate release

LPIA Achieves First Level of Carbon Accreditation From Airports Council International

NASSAU, BAHAMAS December 9, 2020 — Airports Council International (ACI) recently announced that LPIA has achieved the first level of carbon accreditation in ACI’s global programme that provides a framework for all airports to reduce their environmental impact by managing carbon emissions.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is a 6-level, global carbon management programme, specific to the aviation sector, that works to improve environmental efficiency and carbon reduction at airports worldwide through certification.  The program, which is the only one of its kind for airports, was launched in 2009 by ACI with 17 airports and now has over 380 of the world’s key airports.  With each level, the airport undergoes various steps to achieve an enhanced level of carbon reduction efficiency.

LPIA’s level one achievement means that the airport has mapped out its carbon footprint through a rigorous and detailed process of data collection to classify and track the airport’s annual carbon sources and their emissions, leading to a carbon footprint calculation.  This process was spearheaded by NAD’s environmental affairs team with assistance from other departments within the organization.

“The airport began the accreditation process in November 2019 and its completion of level one sets LPIA on a solid foundation towards its goal to be a carbon neutral and fully transformed airport by 2050,” said Vernice Walkine, President and Chief Executive Officer, NAD.

“Most of the work to achieve this certification took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am particularly proud that our team was able to remain focused and on track with this important effort while preparing the airport for operations in a COVID-19 environment,” she continued.

Within the Latin American and Caribbean region, LPIA is one of only three airports in its size category (two to five million passengers per year) to achieve level 1 accreditation.  The other two airports are Las Américas International Airport, Dominican Republic and Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, Guadeloupe.  Overall, in Latin America and the Caribbean there are currently 26 certified airports in 8 countries at level 1 ‘Mapping’, representing 21.5% of air passenger traffic for the region.

The level one accreditation comes on the heels of LPIA’s recent health accreditation by ACI in August 2020, for excellence in preparing the airport for operations in a COVID-19 environment.  “Both accreditations at this time are continued evidence of the airport’s commitment to aligning its operations to the best global industry standards, delivering a sustainable and safe airport experience for travelers,” concluded Walkine.

To learn more about the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme by ACI visit: www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org.

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Photo Caption: LPIA Achieves First Level of Carbon Accreditation From Airports Council International on the heels of receiving the first health airport accreditation from ACI for airports in the Caribbean region.

 

Media Contacts:             

Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Nassau Airport Development Company

Jan.knowles@nas.bs

Mandatory Vacation-in-Place Requirement is Replaced by COVID-19 Health Insurance, Monitoring Procedures, and On-Island Rapid Testing for Those Staying Longer Than Five Days

NASSAU, Bahamas, October 31, 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas today announced streamlined entry protocols that will enable visitors to better and more seamlessly enjoy The Bahamas vacation experience.

Those who booked travel under the former protocols that required an RT PCR test taken seven (7) days prior to travel will be permitted to enter The Bahamas with their Bahamas Health Travel Visa and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, through November 6, 2020 only.

Effective 1 November 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:

1.     Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test five (5) days prior to arrival.

2.     Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs

3.     For the duration of the visit, complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.

4.     Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5).

5.     Always wear a mask and always social distance in public places.

In addition, beginning 14 November 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travellers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.

Specifics of the new protocols are as follows:

Prior to Travel:

1.     COVID-19 RT-PCR Test

    • All persons travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
      • The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.
  • Exemptions:
    • Children age ten (10) and under.
    • Pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas.

2.     Bahamas Health Travel Visa

  • Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at TRAVEL.GOV.BS
  • Click on the International Tab and upload test results and other required documents.
  • Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are as follows:
    • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
        • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
        • $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
        • Free – Children 10 years and under

      Upon Arrival

      1.     Comply with Monitoring Protocols:

      • Any visitor who exhibits COVID symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.
      • If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test.

      2.     Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing (if applicable):

      • All persons who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four nights/five days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
      • All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.
      • The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email.
        • Hotel properties will provide relevant information on testing arrangements, while others will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests.
        • All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
        • All other visitors, returning residents and citizens will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.

        Notwithstanding any health restrictions that may be implemented from time to time, all travelers abiding by these new protocols will be permitted to move about and explore the beauty and vibrant culture of The Bahamas beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.

        The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors. Travelers should check the status of their island destination before travelling by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates, where they can also review entry requirements applicable to each member of their party before booking a trip.

        The Bahamas has remained diligent in its efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 throughout the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that remains the case. The health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors remain the number one priority of public health officials.  It is important to note, however, that due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.

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        PRESS INQUIRIES

        Anita Johnson-Patty

        General Manager, Global Communications

        Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

        ajohnson@bahamas.com

         

        Weber Shandwick

        Public Relations

        Bahamas@webershandwick.com

 

Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) congratulates Nassau´s Lynden Pindling International Airport for obtaining ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation.

The ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices and the World Health Organization.

Aviation and tourism are key economic drivers for national economies and society at large, particularly in island nations.  “We are pleased to have obtained this health accreditation which is a positive milestone on our road to economic and tourism recovery,” said Ms. Vernice Walkine, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Nassau airport.  “The airport and its tourism partners including the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board are deeply committed to creating an environment where travelers can return to The Bahamas and indeed our region, to experience all we have to offer.”

Dr. Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC, said: “By obtaining the AHA, Nassau’s LPIA demonstrates its commitment to protecting the health of passengers and airport employees and its contribution to the economic and social recovery and development”.

ENDS

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About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI) is the international airport organization, with 1,960 airports in 176 countries. The Latin American and Caribbean office (ACI-LAC) has 270 airports in 34 countries that manage 95% of air traffic in the region.

 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 29, 2020—On Wednesday July 1st, 2020, international flights will resume for inbound visitors as the government of The Bahamas moves into the third phase of restarting air travel disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In preparation for the return of international passenger traffic, officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are reviewing preliminary flight schedules and working closely with key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all airport users.

“As we enter this final reopening phase and welcome visitors to the destination and residents back home, our focus is on ensuring that all airport partners are ready on July 1st to support the additional safety protocols put in place by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).

“From an airport perspective, we anticipate a gradual uptick in arrivals and departures over the next two to three weeks. The phased approached to restarting air service has allowed our team to successfully test new safety protocols in real time. As we move forward in this new normal of operating in a pandemic, we are using the best practices learned to date to guide our plan.”

Current flight projections show a total of six flights arriving from the United States on July 1st starting with Delta Airlines’ inbound service from Atlanta to Nassau at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Six flights are scheduled for departure on day 1.  Airlines have scheduled direct service to Nassau from key US gateways such as Charlotte NC, New York (JFK), Denver, Houston, Baltimore, Newark, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale along with service from Toronto, Canada.

Passengers traveling to and from Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) can expect new protocols on departure and arrival. Starting July 1st, all inbound travellers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa prior to travel. All visitors, Bahamian citizens and residents will be asked to present a Negative PCR COVID-19 test and confirmation of their approved Health Visa upon entry or return to The Bahamas.  The test should be taken no more than ten (10) days prior to the date of travel. For more information on testing requirements, visits https://travel.gov.bs/.

On arrival at LPIA, passengers should expect to have their temperatures taken as we begin to welcome guests.  Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be referred to the local health officials at the airport for further testing and evaluation.

Immigration officials will provide all visitors with a flyer outlining mandatory guidelines by the Government of The Bahamas to protect visitors and residents against the spread of COVID-19.

The safety and security of all passengers, tenants and staff at LPIA remains a top priority for airport officials. Existing protocols will continue into the final phase of reopening. In addition to social distancing floor markers and signage implemented in phase one, plexiglass barriers are also in place at major points of interaction between travellers and airport staff.  All passengers are required by law to wear masks or a face covering in public spaces including airport terminals with the exception of passengers under the age of two. Only ticketed passengers will be allowed in the terminals with the exception of persons accompanying minors travelling alone, elderly passengers or those with restricted mobility.

Cleaning and sanitation schedules will continue to focus on high touch point areas in the terminals and nightly cleaning will focus on utilizing fogging machines and electrostatic sprayers to disinfect.

Retail and food & beverage partners at LPIA have also implemented safety protocols in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Seating has been reduced in all food courts at LPIA by 30 % and new cash handling guidelines are in place to minimize contact at the point of checkout.

Passengers are reminded to contact their airlines for specific travel schedules and to arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic travel and three hours before international travel. Arriving early will allow extra time to check in and be processed for boarding. For airport updates, visit www.nassaulpia.com or follow @nassau_airport on Facebook and Instagram. For more information on regulations for visitors travelling to The Bahamas, visit https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.