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Nassau, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie has touted the modernisation of the Lynden Pindling International Airport as a lasting tribute to the legacy of the 'Father of the nation', during opening ceremony on
Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
New US terminal opens Wednesday, March 16th. departing passengers should be advised to arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure. This is a precaution over the coming weeks to allow sufficient time for processing.
Nassau, Bahamas - A 26 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Abaco is in police custody after being found in possession of four and a half (41/2) pounds of suspected Marijuana. Officers of the Airport Police Station arrested the man around 4:20 pm on Tuesday 11th June, 2013 in the domestic section of the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
The drugs have an estimated street value of four thousand five hundred ($4,500.00) dollars...
Nassau Friday shooting incident, Police confiscate 2 guns in police involved shooting, DEU make drug arrest at LPIA EIA
Police seek suspect in shooting incident - An 18 year old male is detained in hospital after being shot to the leg on Friday 26th
Preliminary police reports indicate that around 10:20 am the victim was in the area of
West Street and Dorsett Alley when he was approached and subsequently shot by a
Police involved shooting....two handguns confiscated A 23 year old male of Pinewood Gardens is in hospital after being shot by police.
The incident reportedly occurred around 3:10 am on Saturday 27th April, 2013 in the
South Beach area
Drug Enforcement Officers make drug arrest - Three (3) people, two (2) females and a 31 year old male of Mayfield Park Grand
Bahama are in police custody after being found in possession of an estimated two (2)
kilos of suspected Cocaine.
Investigate Death of a Male - Nassau, Bahamas -
Police along with officers from the Civil Aviation Department are
investigating an accident which resulted in the death of a male
incident reportedly occurred around 9:45 am on Thursday 28th February,
Police Arrest Male for Sacril
ege - A 26 year old male of Lazaretto Road is in police custody after he was found breaking into a church, located on Gladstone Road...
Calls are already pouring in for advertising space in the new Lynden Pindling International Airport, with the Bahamas Airport Advertising (BAA) company currently allocating the advertising locations for Phase 1 just weeks before its grand opening.
“This first phase is a truly remarkable work of architecture, engineering and functionality,” stated John Charles Bethel, president of the BAA. “Every Bahamian will be very proud of owning the most premier airport in the Caribbean. We are very excited to be part of the team responsible for putting the best technology and advertising presentations together for our clients in the new airport. We have been inundated with phon ...
The multimillion-dollar Lynden Pindling International Airport redevelopment project is a key factor in the government's effort to reclaim the country's spot as one of the premier tourism destinations, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
Cabinet ministers toured phase two of the project yesterday morning.
"This is just a part of an overall vision to complete the tourism product on the island of New Providence," said Christie at the end of the 30-minute tour.
Pointing to the number of anchor projects his administration left in place before the Progressive Liberal Party's election loss in 2007, Christie said efforts will again be made to increase airlift to the country.
"The idea was that we'd have the bodies by the millions," the prime minister said.
"We have come back in to ensure that there is full recovery in the tourism industry, that Bahamians are integrated meaningfully into the progress that is being made and that we will see that at the airport in the music that is played in the precincts of the airport, and in the art that is displayed in the precincts of the airport."
While still incomplete, phase two of the project bears little resemblance to the previous structure.
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) President and CEO Stewart Steeves said about 25 percent of the work is still left to complete.
Phase two includes the conversion of the existing U.S. terminal into a new international arrivals terminal.
Only the steel beams and the foundation of the old structure remain.
The new terminal will also house the Department of Immigration and the Department of Customs.
Steeves said there are 201 people working on the project 70 percent of whom are Bahamian.
But Christie said he is looking to improve on the ratio of Bahamian workers.
"We know that there is room for improvement even over the 70 percent, by ensuring that we have more dynamic training programs where even more workers if not by the second phase, then by the third phase, will be able to become actively involved in the site," he said.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said with the Baha Mar project coming on stream, The Bahamas has to be able to increase its airlift.
Wilchcombe said he is pleased with the development so far.
"I believe that The Bahamas is reclaiming its position as a premier warm weather destination," he said. "We lost our post and now we're going after it. We are going to ensure that we will sustain it for a long period of time."
Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin revealed that when the airport is completed the government will erect a physical embodiment of the late former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, after whom the airport is named.
"The renaming of this airport was a significant step," she said. "It was not just a renaming. It was symbolic of what this airport represents. What you see unfolding is symbolic of what he set out to do."
Hanna-Martin said the airport redevelopment is a major component of the government's overall effort to redevelop the country.
The entire project, including phase two and phase three (international and domestic departures and domestic arrivals), is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.
Once the entire airport redevelopment is completed, there will be a 21 percent increase in terminal size, a 50 percent increase in capacity to over five million passengers annually and a 100 percent increase in security capacity, according to Steeves.
It will cover 571,000 square feet with an additional one million square feet of aircraft operating space.
In total, one-third of the $409.5 million airport redevelopment will be carried out by Bahamians, which amounts to about $81 million in contracts, according to officials.
Nassau, Bahamas - Three
local charities will benefit from the generosity of passengers and
employees at Lynden Pindling International Airport. The AIDS Foundation
of The Bahamas, Ranfurly Home for Children and Lupus Bahamas 242 all
recently received donations from the airport community.
Proceeds from NAD's first Health
Run/Walk held in April went to the AIDS Foundation. Nearly 100 airport
tenants, airline workers, NAD employees and friends turned out to get
fit and to support a worthy cause. "The health and wellbeing of our
employees is important and each year we dedicate time to educate our
staff. This year our activities concluded with the health walk and we
are pleased to donate the funds to an organization that has participated
in the health fair every year," said Stewart Steeves, President &
CEO at NAD...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The general public will be treated to live entertainment and an afternoon of activities when the long-awaited and highly-anticipated new terminal that will serve domestic and international flights at Lynden Pindling International Airport opens for a sneak peek Saturday, October 19, two days after a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and just before it goes live.
"We wanted to give the general public an opportunity to see this extraordinary new terminal that makes traveling through Nassau to the Family Islands or to Canada, the UK or any destination other than the U.S. an exciting and world class experience. So we are opening the new domestic and international arrivals and departure terminal for all to enjoy and we have an afternoon packed with family entertainment and activities," said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD, the Nassau Airport Development Company.
Once the new facility goes live next week, local carriers will operate out of the same terminal as British Airways and Air Canada, with their respective passengers having access to the same amenities, though waiting areas and gates will be separate, she explained.
"The overall experience will be equal for passengers whether they are going to Toronto or George Town, London or Long Island," said Walkine.
Built at a cost of $83.5 million, the 105,000 square foot facility brings to Family Island travel the sophisticated design that Bahamians and visitors enjoy in the adjacent U.S. departures terminal. The new terminal features two and a half storey-high vaulted ceilings and barrel vault roof, 50/50 split between glass and solid walls for maximum ambient light without heat intrusion, a deep-well cooling system which draws water from more than 300 feet below surface, cooling and redistributing it through diffusers to provide cool air at human height to maximize efficiency, state-of-the-art baggage high speed baggage carousels and CTX security screening.
An industrial accident at Lynden Pindling International Airport brought work to a halt shortly before noon at the facility's under-construction international arrivals terminal yesterday.
When The Nassau Guardian arrived on scene, Emergency Medical Services personnel were seen attending to two injured construction workers.
A short time later, the workers were carted away in two ambulances.
Up to press time, it was unclear exactly how the accident occurred.
A team of police officers assessing the scene, conducted several interviews with officials of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).
However, NAD officials remained tight-lipped on the scene, declining comment, as a crowd of onlookers, including airport staff and many construction workers, quickly gathered around the entrance to the international arrivals.
In a statement released by NAD yesterday afternoon, the company confirmed the injuries.
However, the full extent of their injuries was unknown, according to NAD's statement.
A witness at the scene, who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, displayed photographs taken from his cell phone of one of the victims.
His left leg appeared to have been severed from the knee down.
Police officers also took photographs of two cranes stationed at the building's entrance, although it was unclear if the cranes were involved in the incident.
NAD's CEO and President Stewart Steeves said safety is a priority for both the company and its general contractor, Ledcor Construction, as well as its Bahamian affiliate, Woslee Construction.
"Until today, we have had an excellent safety record on the stage two construction site with zero lost time accidents." said Steeves in NAD's statement.
He added, "We will be working closely with all contractors and sub-contractors involved to investigate and determine the cause of this unfortunate accident. We are keeping the injured workers and their families in our thoughts and prayers."
The second phase of the $409 million airport redevelopment project began back in March 2011, with selective demolition of the old U.S. Departures terminal.