Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis said the Marsh Harbour International Airport is expected to be fully “up and running” by the end of the week.
The airport was significantly damaged during Hurricane Dorian in early September.
On Monday, Lewis told The Nassau Guardian, “The airport in Marsh Harbour needs to be up in running in Marsh Harbour before the end of this week.
“So, all efforts are being made now to ensure that that is up and running in order to receive goods and people to come and do work.”
He noted the airport is
operational but “not in full steam”.
“We have been receiving passengers,” Lewis said.
“We’ve been receiving on a small level, on a small scale, but we have to make sure that the airport is completely up and running.
“A portion of the airport was, I wouldn’t say it wasn’t decommissioned, but it was pretty much crippled. So, we want to ensure everything is up and running, up to speed with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards.”
The minister said the government has given clearance to use the north port in Cooper’s Town as a receiving point.
“We have not been able to receive the large ships but the small barges, the low-draft barges up to 200 feet, have been going into Cooper’s Town to bring in goods and equipment,” he said.
Parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama were decimated by Dorian last month.
In the aftermath of the storm, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis formed a new Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction to oversee reconstruction efforts on the islands.
Lewis was appointed the minister of state for the ministry.