A $2.00 increase in fees for security at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will take effect some time next year, in order to facilitate the purchase of new baggage screening equipment and additional fire trucks for the airport, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.
Commenting on the increase in the House of Assembly, D’Aguilar said the equipment at LPIA has become obsolete, continually breaks down and could cost the airport between $10 and $11 million.
“The baggage screening equipment at the Lynden Pindling International Airport was creating a myriad of problems and the Airport Authority advised me that that equipment was obsolete and needed to be replaced and so we decided to increase the fee to cover the cost…that will allow the Airport Authority to buy additional screening equipment,” D’Aguilar said.
He explained that the current machines are not sufficient to meet the current demand of passengers moving through the airport and they “keep failing”.
“This is a very vexing problem at the airport and we have finally decided to address that problem, but as with everything new equipment costs money,” said D’Aguilar.
D’Aguilar added that the government continues to work on monetizing the nation’s airspace, though he said creating a flight information region for The Bahamas seems unlikely, given that only three have been granted in 25 years after many years of consultation for those three countries.