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Marsh Harbour airport might need repaving

Minister of Works Desmond Bannister said the taxiway at Leonard Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour may need to be repaved after a Pineapple Air plane collapsed after hitting a pothole while taxiing last week.

He said his ministry will do whatever is necessary to ensure safety on the taxiway, which was just recently reopened for international flights.

“Our environment is such that we are going to have potholes,” Bannister said.

“Now the question is how do we deal with it.

“We have to be able to deal with it quickly, efficiently and we have to be able to do it properly. And if a repaving is needed, then our engineers have to say that’s what has to be done, because we have to keep people safe.”

The accident happened only a day after American Airlines resumed flights to Abaco. The airline was one of the major carriers for flights into the islands prior to Hurricane Dorian.

The Leonard Thompson International Airport experienced extensive damage as a result of the storm.

According to the Ministry of Finance, so far $3 million has been spent on repairs at the airport.

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said the taxiway is old and was likely affected by flooding during Dorian.

“There are a number of potholes at the Leonard Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour that are on the taxiway,” he said.

“As you can imagine, the taxiway used to be the old runway, so when the new runway was built and the extension to the taxiway, those are fine.

“It’s just the older asphalt that’s been there now for quite some time.

“…So there will be some remedial works done to the taxiway to effect repairs.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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