LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
1MW SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANT
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:
- Solar energy technology solution options
- Project site location for delivery to (or within) the LPIA power grid
- Expected COD (Charge on Demand) for generation facilities responsive to this RFP
- Market pricing for energy capacity and all generation related services
- Level of experience of market participants in developing renewable energy
- Proposer’s affirmation of interest in providing a design build renewable energy solution to LPIA
- 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.
NAD’s OBJECTIVES ARE:
- To achieve a high standard of excellence and customer service
- 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 April 3, 2023—Key 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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Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development
Nassau Airport Development Company
Phone: 242 702 1000
“Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 12:01 am, pre-departure testing for travel to the United States is no longer required. International travelers must continue to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. More information can be found here: US Ends Covid-19 Test Requirement to Enter Country – Bloomberg
For further travel information, please visit our website www.nassaulpia.com or contact your respective airline.”
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.
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.
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
All incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival with a sample taken within ten (10) days of arrival. Select individuals will not be required to provide a test:
- Children under the age of ten (10)
- Private pilots who do not deplane
- Bahamian citizens, residents and homeowners who are returning to The Bahamas from English speaking CARICOM countries
- Bahamian citizens and legal residents who are returning to The Bahamas from countries where they cannot obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Swab) Test. Proof of their inability to receive a test must be presented upon arrival and the traveler will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine time may be reduced if the traveler opts to take a test at their expense and receives a negative result.
- Bahamian citizens and legal residents who have been out of The Bahamas for less than 72 hours; however they will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine time may be reduced if the traveler opts to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Swab) Test, at their expense, and receives a negative result.
All incoming travelers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa prior to arriving in The Bahamas at travel.gov.bs. To complete the visa, each traveler will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test result and provide contact information that is crucial for contact tracing purposes. An automated response will be provided upon completion of the Health Visa, and it is essential that travelers present proof of this confirmation upon arrival in The Bahamas.
As The Bahamas reopens to travel and tourism, travellers should be prepared for a slightly different experience at Lynden Pindling International Airport given COVID-19. The safety protocols that individuals are expected to follow may differ from or be stricter than other airports around the world. Travellers are encouraged to inform themselves of these protocols before they travel. Protocols continue to evolve in response to COVID-19 trends, and so additional guidance will be communicated as details are available. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees is a top priority for us.
What to Do Before You Go
- Find out Health Visa and testing requirements before travel.
- All incoming travelers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa prior to arriving in The Bahamas at travel.gov.bs. For more information Click Here.
- All incoming visitors, citizens and residents must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Some exceptions apply. For more information Click Here.
- Check in online (when possible). This will help limit your interaction with airport staff and fellow passengers.
- Pack and wear a mask. Passengers are required to wear masks or a face covering in all areas inside and outside the airport. Bahamian government regulations require that all individuals wear a mask or face covering when in public and non-compliance can lead to penalties and fines.
- Exceptions: You are dining at food and beverage locations.
- You are a child under the age of two.
- Arrive early. When flying out of LPIA, plan to arrive at least two hours ahead of time for domestic flights and three hours ahead of time for international flights. This will give you extra time to check in, go through security and allow for a longer boarding process. The current recommended travel times may increase as more people begin to travel.
- Plan to meet up or say good-bye outside of the terminal. We are restricting access to the terminal to passengers only. Family and friends picking up or dropping off travellers will not be allowed to enter the airport.
- Exceptions: You are a friend or family member of a passenger requiring mobility assistance. You are accompanying a minor who is travelling alone.
- Visit https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening for more details on the reopening of The Bahamas to international visitors. The page includes important information for visitors and the answers to frequently asked questions.
At the Airport
- No quarantine will be required upon your arrival; however, travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an area away from other passengers for further testing and evaluation. Temperature screenings may take place for all incoming visitors.
- Practise physical distancing. Leave 3-6 feet of space between you and others. Follow the spaced floor markers at check-in counters, security screening, customs hall, baggage carousels and other high-traffic areas.
- Practise good hand hygiene.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (if not available, use hand sanitizer).
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hand.
- Discard used tissues immediately after blowing your nose and wash your hands.
- Wear a mask. Passengers are required to wear masks or a face covering in all areas inside and outside the airport. Bahamian government regulations require that all individuals wear a mask or face covering when in public and non-compliance can lead to penalties and fines.
- You are dining at food and beverage locations.
- You are a child under the age of two.
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitization
- Cleaning and sanitization efforts have been increased in all terminals with a particular focus on frequently touched areas such as handrails, counters, self-serve kiosks, x-ray equipment and bins, and baggage carousels.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been strategically placed throughout the terminals.
- Distance markers have been placed at check-in counters, security screening, customs hall, baggage carousels and other high-traffic areas to help passengers abide by physical distancing measures.
- Seating in food court areas and hold rooms have been adjusted to encourage physical distancing.
- When possible, luggage from multiple flights arriving at similar times will be transported to baggage carousels at separate ends of the arrivals hall in order to allow for the maximum separation of passengers.
- When possible, flights will be scheduled to every other gate in order to provide more distance between passengers on different flights.
- Plexiglass partitions have been installed at check-in counters, boarding gates and other key areas where passengers interact with airport staff.
- Masks will be worn by all staff members.
- Gloves will be worn by certain staff members (depending on employer protocols).
- Passengers will be asked to hold their own documents and scan their own boarding passes.
- Only passengers travelling on that day will be allowed to access the terminal.
- Exceptions will be made for people assisting mobility-reduced passengers or minors travelling alone.
Health Checks (at the discretion of health professionals)
- All passengers may have their temperatures taken.
- Passengers who present symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in a separate area of the airport for further testing and evaluation.
New Carry-On Allowance
- In accordance with TSA regulations, passengers can now bring one liquid hand sanitizer container of up to 354 mL (12 ounces) per person in their carry-on luggage. This item will be screened separately from their other liquids and gels.
New Immigration Procedures for Incoming Travellers
- Inbound passengers to The Bahamas should expect immigration officials to:
- inquire about their travel history
- request and validate any necessary health visas and certificates
- collect their contact information (for potential use in contact tracing)
Closed Water Fountains & Play Areas
- Water fountains and child play areas will remain closed until further notice.
Leaving the Airport
- A range of ground transportation options are available at the airport including taxis, buses and limousines.
- Masks must be worn at all times throughout the journey
- Social distancing is required throughout the journey and passengers should not ride in the front seat
- Vehicles should reduce the maximum number of passengers by 50%
- Rental cars are available (AVIS, BUDGET, DOLLAR and HERTZ). Travellers are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols when in the Rental Car Centre.
- During your stay there is a mandatory curfew from 10:00 P.M. each evening to 5:00 A.M. the following morning. Be sure you are at your hotel or local place of residence by 10:00 P.M. each evening.
Wear a mask
- Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory within the airport and in all public places throughout The Bahamas including hotels, restaurants, retail stores and other facilities.
Nassau Airport Development Company
June 8, 2020