No airlines interrupted by industrial action, says aviation director

Besides minor delays, no airlines were affected operationally from the “illegal” sickout by some airport workers under the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU), Director of Aviation Algernon Cargill told Guardian Business yesterday.

Cargill said specifically that Abaco’s airport will be open and operational tomorrow.

He said that during the industrial action, early morning Bahamasair and Western Air flights were delayed, but all other flights were unaffected.

“Abaco airport was able to reopen by 10 o’clock,” Cargill said.

“Based on that, there would have been no interruptions from Abaco’s end.

“Persons traveling from Abaco to Nassau early morning to catch a flight, the connection there may have been affected, but certainly not in Abaco at all (after 10 a.m.). 

“Abaco will be open tomorrow, nothing to worry about.”

The Water and Sewerage Corporation was scheduled to hold a commissioning ceremony on Abaco yesterday, but officials were unable to fly to Abaco as a result of the industrial action, Guardian Business understands.

The disruption to the airport comes three days before a general election and on the day that the Free National Movement planned a drive-in rally in North Abaco.

The sickout, however, caused no delays to that rally which went on as scheduled yesterday evening.

Abaco’s airport is one of seven airports that will be bid on to be redeveloped and operated by a private entity in the near future.

This month, the Department of Aviation announced that it will formally put out a request for pre-qualifications for companies interested in upgrading and managing Family Island airports for up to 30 years in a public/private partnership (PPP) arrangement with the government by the middle of the month.

The department released a statement to alert prospective bidders to “get ready”.

Bundle one included only Grand Bahama International Airport, while bundle two comprises Leonard Thompson International Airport in Abaco, Exuma International Airport, North Eleuthera International Airport, Long Island International Airport in Deadman’s Cay, Great Harbour Cay Airport and San Salvador International Airport.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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