Flight delays likely during LPIA taxiway revamp

Flights in and out of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are expected to experience some delays beginning next week and will last for the next two months as the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) resumes the reconstruction of parts of the taxiway.

It’s a part of a $20 million rehabilitation project NAD began in June 2019 to overhaul its runways.

The company explained yesterday that work is scheduled to begin on the Taxiway Hotel, which is the main access point on the airside where aircraft exit the runway and enter aprons to park and be serviced in between flights.

“Passengers traveling during the peak travel periods (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) and over spring break and the Easter holidays should be prepared for some delays when arriving or departing from LPIA as a result of the airside works. However, key stakeholders at the airport are working together to mitigate the impact on the operations at LPIA,” NAD said in a release yesterday.

“Starting next week, Air Traffic Services (ATS) will activate contingency plans and implement operating procedures to manage traffic on the airside over the next two months.

The rehabilitation project is a part of maintenance that NAD has said must be completed to meet all international safety standards.

“We are undergoing this essential pavement reconstruction in an effort to increase the lifespan of Taxiway Hotel, and ensure its surface remains safe. As traffic to the destination continues to grow, we must maintain our primary assets at a level that meets the airport’s current and future demands,” Deborah Coleby, vice president of operations at NAD, said.

The scheduled works have been divided into two phases and will result in a full pavement restoration.

Additional work on airport aprons where aircraft park is scheduled to take place later this year.

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Paige McCartney

Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas. Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016. Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

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