When the first flight lands at about seven-o-clock on Tuesday, May 27, the passengers will be the first to walk into the new airport terminal in Marsh Harbour bring nearly to a finish the much delayed facility.
On April 30, Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, met with airport staff along with Bahamian consultants from Vantage Airport Group (VAG) who is currently responsible for managing Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. “It is noteworthy that LPIA was recently awarded the best airport in the Caribbean,” she added.
She said that a “cadre of security officers have now passed through aviation security training and stand ready at opening to perform their critical function.” She added that the Department of Civil Aviation is now engaging in additional system security works as well.
Mrs. Hanna-Martin said the ancillary works, such as paving, are winding down, “although there remains some additional final works to be completed by the Ministry of Works; the focus is now on preparing for operational readiness.
Currently, sources say the target date of Tuesday, May 27 is still on and passengers are expected to begin using the new airport terminal going forward.
During Mrs. Hanna-Martin’s visit she also toured the Marsh Harbour Port where works have commenced for the new lighting installation and very shortly the CCTV installation works will begin.
She said these measures “are designed to enhance the security status of the Port.” Over the next few weeks security staff will undergo refresher International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code training and “it is intended to enhance capacity in terms of manpower of that facility.”