May 23, 2016
Airport CEO and partners launch the Electronic Boarding Pass system at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). From left to right: Kevin McDonald, Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering, Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. (NAD); Owen McKinney, Supervisor, Airport Authority; Vernice Walkine, President & CEO, NAD scanning her mobile device; Alan Sweeting, Chairman, Airline Operators Committee, LPIA; Alinka Rolle, Security Screener, Airport Authority; and Jeffrey Mara, Port Director, United States Customs and Border Protection.
The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. (NAD) in partnership with the international airlines at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) has launched a new Electronic Boarding Pass (EBP) system at LPIA. Now, the 3.2 million passengers traveling through the country’s major gateway will be able to enjoy the convenience of using their mobile devices to simplify and speed up their check-in and processing through the airport.
With more than six billion cell phone users worldwide (over 440 million throughout the US, UK and Canada), a significant amount of travelers are using their smart phones and other devices to store trip information. By implementing the Electronic Boarding Pass system at LPIA passengers can choose not to have a printed boarding pass. Everything needed for check-in, security and USCBP clearance can be conveniently made available on the passenger’s smart device by their airline. The passenger can then easily swipe their phone or other mobile device at each point in the airport process, saving significant time.
“We are very pleased to have this new system in our terminals to aid in expediting travellers through LPIA. We do believe that this system along with our BorderXpress Automated Passport Control kiosks, previously installed in USCBP, will further decrease passenger processing time” says Vernice Walkine, President and CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company. “We are grateful to our partners who have worked to make this happen.”
United States Customs and Border Protection officer scans passenger mobile device in the pre-clearance facility at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
LPIA will be joining airports in The Caribbean and around the globe in implementing this technology where research shows that 1 in 3 boarding passes issued by airlines by the end of 2019 will be an Electronic Boarding Pass. According to Alan Sweeting, Chairman of the LPIA Airline Operators Committee, “The Electronic Boarding Pass will allow passengers who would like to use their smart phone to skip the check-in line and proceed directly to Airport Security and/or USCBP if they do not have baggage to check. The boarding pass is sent to the customer's mobile device and is equipped with the same bar code as the standard boarding pass, making it easy for gate attendants to scan. EBP will certainly be a great amenity for our passengers at LPIA and the airlines are excited to have this technology available.”
Airlines at LPIA currently offering the EBP service include: Jetblue, United, American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Air Canada, West Jet and Copa Airlines.
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to work with the stakeholder community at the Lynden Pindling International Airport to implement the Electronic Boarding Pass program," said Nassau Preclearance Port Director, Jeff Mara. "This initiative further supports the use of technology in the Preclearance process."
The Electronic Boarding Pass system is in operation in both the United States and International terminals.
About Lynden Pindling International Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is The Bahamas’ premier international gateway. The country’s busiest airport served more than 3.2 million visitors in 2015 and safely handled more than 80,000 aircraft takeoffs and landings. Managing partners, Nassau Airport Development (NAD) and Vantage Airport Group, completed a $409.5 million redevelopment project, transforming LPIA into a modern and efficient facility. The new airport complex has a total square footage of 606,000 with an additional one million square feet of aircraft operating surface. LPIA can now comfortably handle 5 million passengers annually. Operating 24 hours a day, the airport is served by 23 airlines flying to 10 international, 20 U.S. and 22 domestic destinations. For more information, visit www.nassaulpia.com.
Source: Bahamas Information Services