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The Marsh Harbour International Airport was renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport on May 25, 2016.

Airport Renamed Without Fanfare

Leonard Thompson International

The Marsh Harbour International Airport was renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport on May 25, 2016.

Leonard Thompson was born in Hope Town, Abaco, on 17 June 1917. When World War II broke out, Leonard Thompson felt it his duty to offer his services in the war effort. While flying as a bomber pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Capt. Thompson was shot down over Germany and detained in a prisoner of war camp for 18 months. Fortunately, he survived and was able to return home to his family.

Thompson continued flying after the war, obtaining his commercial license and flying for Bahamas Airway. He later started a charter flight company.

Though a ceremony had originally been planned for the re-naming, it was postponed. Unfortunately, neither the family of Thompson nor the public were officially made aware of the postponement. A future date for the ceremony has yet to be set.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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