Passenger flows through Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) during the month of December 2022 were 12 percent below December 2019 – the last month of the country’s banner year for tourism – Nassau Airport Development Company Limited’s Vice President of Operations Johnathan Hanna told Guardian Business yesterday, adding, though, that the numbers outperformed the previous year.
He explained that new software implemented at NAD played a significant role in assisting operations with passenger flows and understanding movement patterns.
“The new AeroCloud software was very helpful, as it allowed us to quickly identify any delays and cancellations, which allowed both us and our partners to quickly adjust and align our staffing needs to the passenger demand,” said Hanna.
According to Hanna, those passenger numbers showed an increase month over month at the end of 2022.
“The year 2022 ended on a strong note, with passenger numbers in the month of December performing well above the previous month, November 2022, by 20 percent,” said Hanna.
“December 2022 also outperformed December of the previous year, December 2021, by 27 percent.
“December 2022 performed 12 percent below December 2019, demonstrating strong recovery toward the 2019 numbers.”
Near the end of the year, NAD introduced a cell phone waiting lot in order to decrease curbside congestion at the airport’s pickup area.
Hanna said the new lot, which does not allow users to park and leave their vehicles unattended, was well received by the public.
“The cell phone lot was a welcomed offering for airport users and was used heavily, particularly during peak operating hours across the day. This helped to alleviate congestion on the curbs while allowing a free, safe place for persons to park while they waited for friends and family members,” he said.