Travel through Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will be nothing like 2020, with the airport expecting the rebound of its normal, large Thanksgiving and Christmas traveler traffic, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) President and Chief Executive Officer Vernice Walkine said yesterday.
Walkine said the airport’s momentum began with the cruise lines’ home porting initiative, when thousands of passengers came into Nassau to board their cruises before US ports reopened. She said that momentum has only continued into this upcoming holiday travel season.
“Home porting seems to have jump-started what feels like normal conditions,” said Walkine.
“Thanksgiving and Christmas are ordinarily very busy for the airport in any event and so this year, when you compare it to last year, there’s really no comparison because there were still so many lockdowns both here and abroad.
“This year, most places are fully opened and we’re pleased to see most of our hotels are reporting very strong occupancies commensurate with 2019. The better tourism does, the better the airport does, so we’re very pleased,” Walkine said.
Walkine reminded travelers to be at the airport hours before their flights are scheduled to depart, to ensure they encounter a smooth check-in and security check point process.
“We always tell locals and residents who ware traveling to come a little bit early because the lines could be long,” she said.
“Most Bahamians are familiar with the process; it’s just that we like to remind them during the peak travel days that they should arrive at least three hours before their scheduled departure time.”