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More than 75,000 processed at LPIA over Easter holiday weekend

The Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) processed more than 75,000 passengers over the Easter holiday weekend.

According to a press release, 27,000 passengers passed through the U.S. departures pre-clearance facility, while Bahamas immigration and customs officials processed more than 30,000 arrivals.

The release adds that air traffic controllers reported more than 2,500 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings) during the long weekend.

“Airport stakeholders executed newly-adopted standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the peak period, mitigating congestion in the terminal and on the airside,” the release reveals.

Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said in the release that the successful movement of so many passengers through this country’s main gateway was due to the efforts of key agencies at the airport.

“We have been working diligently with primary stakeholders to ensure that the increased traffic being experienced at the airport is met with an effective plan to manage higher passenger numbers and aircraft movement at LPIA,” D’Aguilar said.

“My ministry will continue to work directly with our partners at the airport to ensure that LPIA is equipped and prepared to meet new demands in air arrivals to the destination. I’m proud to say that over the Easter holiday weekend all of the agencies worked together towards the common goal of providing a high level of service to persons arriving and departing from LPIA.”

The release states that the agencies at the airport prepared themselves to manage high volumes of passengers during the Easter holiday.

According to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) Vernice Walkine, there were improvements in efficiencies at the airport that helped to make the weekend move smoothly.

“We saw improvements in efficiency both in the terminal and on the airside,” she said.

“There were a few incidents that were quickly mitigated, demonstrating further that all stakeholders at LPIA have indeed developed strategies and contingency protocols to ensure operations run smoothly even with strong passenger numbers.

“On the airside, the weekend saw a significant increase in aircraft movement, particularly on the Thursday before and the Monday after Easter. Even with the increased traffic on the airside, there were no significant delays or congestion issues. This demonstrates our capacity to handle heavy traffic on the tarmac.”

D’Aguilar said last month that efforts had been stepped up to improve the operations at the airport after several incidences occurred due to the marked increases in tourist arrival since last year.

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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