Heavy LPIA passenger traffic this holiday season

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is expecting heavy passenger traffic through all of its terminals this Christmas season, with numbers as high as 230,000 quoted by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).

NAD’s Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development Jan Knowles said in a press release yesterday that in order to improve the passenger experience during the holiday season, LPIA will feature holiday entertainment in the departure terminal. She added that the airport will also use methods it employed during the busy Easter season to manage the terminal’s foot traffic.

“Based on historic passenger numbers this year and our initial projections, we are in for a busy season here at the airport,” she said.

“Our focus at NAD is to continue to work with all of the relevant stakeholders to ensure the smooth movement of passengers through our facilities, especially during the peak periods.

“Our goal is to use best practices implemented over the Easter, summer and Thanksgiving periods to manage passenger flow. The in-terminal holiday activities, entertainment and special promotions are a way for us to make the travel process more enjoyable for passengers.

“We’re encouraging persons traveling between now and the new year to plan ahead and stay connected to the airport and their airlines for relevant travel updates. It’s also advised that persons traveling on U.S.-bound flights to arrive at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time and two hours for international and domestic departures.”

According to the release, the busy season is expected to begin now and last until January 2, 2020.

Some of the entertainment passengers can expect in the terminal include Mixologist Marv Cunningham with his Spice Guava Egg Nog, Peppermint Mojito and Santa’s Little Helper, a non-alcoholic drink for kids; the Ministry of Tourism’s Christmas Choir; Bahamian soloist Karrington McKenzie; Maestro Bahamas Entertainment Band; and the C.V. Bethel School Band.

“Last week, commercial retailers at LPIA also kicked off their 12 Days of Christmas promotion. U.S.-bound passengers spending $25 or more had a chance to ‘spin and win’ LPIA paraphernalia,” the release stated.

“NAD’s commercial team anticipates that the buzz in-terminal will drive revenue and match the uptick in passenger numbers. Retail promotions will continue through Christmas Eve.”

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Chester Robards

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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