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LPIA retooling to deal with heavy passenger traffic

On March 9 the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) set a record when 8,245 passengers passed through it, a statement from the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) revealed, adding that the airport saw an increase in passenger traffic of 21.9 percent year-on-year in the month of February.

The statement added that record numbers have forced the airport to retool all of its standard operating procedures in order to have the facility operate at its most efficient level.

In the statement, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAD Vernice Walkine said LPIA has seen increases in passenger traffic for the past 15 months, with the first quarter of 2019 showing 20 percent growth over last year’s figures.

“For the upcoming Easter holiday period, we are continuing to evaluate and tweak our standard operating procedures in real time to accommodate larger passenger volumes in our facilities,” said Walkine.

“We are working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the airport performs at a level that provides an exceptional arrivals and departures experience for our users. Our efforts are coordinated and focused on using increased manpower, existing technology and effective communication between agencies to improve the overall operations during peak periods.”

The release states that all agencies affiliated with the airport are working to keep up with the increase in passenger traffic, including the Department of Immigration, the Customs Department, Airport Authority, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Nassau Flight Services, Air Traffic Services, airline operators, NAD operations, NAD parking and ground transportation, airport police and the Road Traffic Department.

According to the statement, LPIA handles about 5,000 passengers per day. However, in February passenger numbers reached between 6,000 and 7,500.

LPIA also saw an 8.58 percent increase in aircraft frequency year-over-year, with 13,114 aircraft movements in January 2019 and 12,386 in February 2019, the statement pointed out.

“Stakeholders will also continue customer-focused measures implemented earlier this year,” the statement notes.

“To expedite the flow of passengers on arrival, officers in the Bahamas immigration hall will process large families with young children and senior citizens on separate lines during the peak periods between 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. NAD operations team will again position line management agents (LMAs) to organize traffic flow in the U.S. departures terminal check-in hall with the goal of processing times falling within a 30-minute window.”

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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