New airport terminal opens
Over 2,600 passengers are projected to pass through the new U.S. departures terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport(LPIA)when it opens today, according to airport officials.
The airport is expected to open at 4:30 a.m.
According to Shonalee King-Johnson, communications manager at the Nassau Airport Development Company(NAD), Wednesday is traditionally a slower traffic day at the airport, which is why it was chosen as the”go live”day.
The terminal opening comes 18 months after a groundbreaking ceremony was held, beginning its construction.
“This is a very exciting time for us here,”King-Johnson said.
“This is a historic moment for our airport and for our industry–to be opening such a facility. I want to remind the public that this is only phase one. The second phase will begin literally this week. So just bear with us as we work on the new terminal.”
NAD will give the first 100 customers at the new terminal coupons to use at some of the retail outlets at the facility. On the first day of operation, NAD suggests that passengers travelling in the afternoon arrive at the airport three hours ahead of their scheduled flights.
When Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham toured the facility two weeks ago, he said he was”blown away”by the terminal.
There are 19 retail and food and beverage options in the terminal, including a native sit down restaurant Kafe(NAD)that can seat up to 170 people.
Other shops and amenities include: John Bull, Bahama Sol, Dunkin Donuts, Wendys, Graycliff, Cay News Gift Shop and Pirana Joe, among others. There is also a bar and a duty free liquor store.
The new terminal is phase one of the project. It was completed at an estimated cost of$190.8 million. Phase two of the airport project(international arrivals)is expected to cost$138.3 million. Phase three of the project(international and domestic departures and domestic arrivals)is projected to cost$71.98 million.
The entire project is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.