Yesterday marked one of the busiest days on record for Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), as the facility entered into its peak passenger period, LPIA Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Development Jan Knowles noted yesterday.
“The airport has been significantly busy since Thanksgiving, and certainly this is a peak time starting today and right through Christmas and New Year’s Day, where we would expect a high number of passengers,” she said in an interview with Guardian Business.
“This year we were impacted by Hurricane Dorian, but we saw the passenger numbers rebounding in October and better numbers in November, so I think we’re going through a period where things are coming back to where they were. Last year was a banner year for us and we’re seeing the recovery. We know that our partners – the Ministry of Tourism, the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board – they’re doing everything that they can to promote the destination and we’re seeing the results of it.”
As many as 230,000 travelers are expected to pass through the country’s main gateway during this holiday peak period.
Knowles noted that not all will be visitors to The Bahamas.
“For Bahamians travelling, because they are a part of the persons and the movements going through the airport as well, I think the key thing is to have all your documents, give yourself enough time so that you can do all of your security screening through U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so just give yourself enough time,” she said while offering additional travel tips to Bahamian travelers in particular.
“Certainly, this is the time that people travel and take gifts and bring gifts back, so you want to make sure that your gifts are unwrapped. If you’re taking gifts for family members you can wrap those once you get there, because you never know what may happen and things may need to get inspected.”