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Heavy summer traffic projected for LPIA

The months of July and August could see a record number of travelers pass through the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), according to Nassau Airport Development Company Limited’s (NAD) Vice President of Marketing & Communications Jan Knowles.

Knowles said summer travel at LPIA is projected to be “very busy”.

“These are our busiest months of the year and if the passenger numbers follow the trend we have seen since December, this will be LPIA’s best summer since the redevelopment of the airport,” she said.

NAD saw a record Easter weekend and has predicted a firmer year thanks to an improving U.S. economy and the phased opening of Baha Mar. NAD credited the winter conditions in the U.S. and Canada for the boost in arrival numbers earlier this year.

United States airline JetBlue told Guardian Business in May that it has seen an improvement in booking numbers for 2018 and has impressive projections to the end of 2018.

NAD said arrival numbers have not been this good in The Bahamas since before the 2008 recession.

NAD added that airlines have been adding seats in order to meet the increased demand for flights to The Bahamas.

“Air Canada and WestJet, both of which serve Canada and account for the bulk of increases in the non-U.S. international arrivals, have altered their flight schedules and are flying at nearly 90 percent capacity,” NAD said.

NAD also revealed that private and chartered flights represent one of the strongest segments.

The United States-based Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced enhanced carry-on bag screening procedures for airports with scheduled commercial flights to the United States of America.

“With the advent of the busy summer travel season, the traveling public is advised that powder-like substances 12 ounces (350 milliliters) or larger are now prohibited in the cabins of aircrafts and as such must be placed in checked luggage,” TSA reported in a press release.

“Medically prescribed powder-like substances, baby formula and human remains are exempt and can be placed in carry-on bags. Other powder-like substances such as sugar, flour, cosmetics and coffee and others that are more than 12 ounces (350 milliliters) must be placed in the traveler’s checked luggage.”

Knowles said the public is reminded to arrive early for their flights and to pack with security screening in mind.

“Be mindful of new screening regulations recently issued and to visit the LPIA site for travel tips,” said Knowles.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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