Abaco airport to open to international flights in next 10 days

The Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, will be opened to international flights within 10 days, according to John Michael Clarke, who is the co-chairman of the Reconstruction Committee.

“The fence contract is supposed to be issued this week,” Clarke said.

“Based on the timelines, we originally had this week targeted to open the Marsh Harbour airport. That is highly unlikely.

“We’re going to see if we can get it done within the next 10 days, but apart from securing the perimeter, we’d have to get with civil aviation to see what other protocols they have to abide by in order for the aerodromes to be opened for use.”

Hurricane Dorian decimated parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco in early September.

The storm left thousands displaced, hundreds missing and at least 67 dead.

It significantly damaged the airport in Marsh Harbour.

Last week, Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the government will have to invest roughly $1 million in order to get the airport fully operational in the wake of the storm.

“That airport is challenged, first of all, by the fact that it’s on temporary power and on temporary WiFi or internet, and you know those airlines need those things to check people in and conduct their operations,” D’Aguilar said.

“They need the ability to connect to their motherboard, their mother computer; and so, that airport is challenged by that.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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