Lynden Pindling International Airport
|IATA: NAS – ICAO: MYNN|
|Operator||Government of Bahamas|
|Elevation AMSL||16 ft / 5 m|
Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA: NAS, ICAO: MYNN) was formerly known as Nassau International Airport, and is the largest airport in the Bahamas, and the largest international gateway into the country. It is a major hub for Bahamasair and is located in western New Providence island near to the capital city of Nassau.
The airport was opened in January 1940 and was known as Oakes Field after Harry Oakes, the millionaire who made a large contribution to its creation. It was the first airport in the Bahamas. Prior to that aviation in the Bahamas was largely carried out by seaplanes.
During World War II on 30 December 1942, the airport was renamed Windsor Field (after the Duke of Windsor) and became a Royal Air Force station. Windsor Field was used for delivery flights of US-built fighter and bomber aircraft such as the Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24 bombers, and the Curtiss P-40 fighter from the aircraft manufacturers to the North African and European Theatres of War. It was also a base station for Consolidated Liberator I and North American Mitchell patrol bombers combating the German Navy's U-Boat threat.
After World War II on 1 June 1946 the RAF withdrew from Windsor Field and Oakes Field reverted to civilian use as the main airport in the Bahamas. At the Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization held in Washington in September, 1946, Oakes Field was recommended for designation as a long range regular airport. Oakes International Airport was kept in operation until mid-night, 1 November 1957, when Nassau International Airport at Windsor Field was brought into full operation.
The name of the airport was officially changed on 6 July 2006 in honour of The Right Honourable Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling (22 March 1930 – 25 August 2000), first Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas (1973-1992). Sir Lynden is recognised as the Father of the Nation, having led the Bahamas to Majority Rule in 1967 as well as Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.
Expansion and renovations
|This article is outdated. (July 2014)|
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Currently, the airport has 2 runways, more than 30 gates and 482,000 sq ft (44,800 m2) of terminal space. With more than 3 million passengers and 92,000 takeoffs and landings in 2008, the airport had reached its capacity and its facilities were outdated and insufficient. In 2006, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) entered a 10-year management agreement with YVR Airport Services Ltd. (YVRAS) to manage, operate and redevelop the airport.
The redevelopment updated the airport facilities to world-class standards and expanded terminal capacity. The work was carried out in three stages. The first stage included the design and construction of a new 247,000 sq ft (22,900 m2) U.S Departures Terminal. at a cost of $198.1 million. Stage 2 consisted of the complete renovation of the current U.S terminal, to serve as the new U.S/International Arrivals Terminal, with a budget of $127.9 million. Stage 3 involved the design and construction of a new 112,000 sq ft (10,400 m2) domestic arrivals and departures terminal, as well as an International Departures Terminal at the location of the existing International Arrivals Hall. This last stage cost $83.5 million.
The first stage was completed in March 2011. The $409.5 million invested resulted in 585,000 sq ft (54,300 m2) of terminal space, a 21% increase, as well as the ability to accommodate 50% more passengers. A new 112,000-square-foot domestic/international departures and domestic arrivals terminal will be added at LPIA during the project's third and final stage. This terminal is set to open in 2015.
Once all phases are completed, the airport will feature a total terminal area of 571,000 square feet, with 10 jet-bridge capable gates. Other features include four gates capable of taking Boeing 747-sized aircraft, and one capable of handling the Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner. An additional 1 million square feet of airport operating surface – including parking lots and taxiways – will also be available.
The airport handled 3.2 million passengers in 2008; once the expansion is complete, roughly 5.2 million passengers are expected by 2020, according to NAD. The airport contains US Border preclearance facilities allowing all US flights to operate as domestic flights upon arrival at their destination.
Airlines and destinations
- Airport information for MYNN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for NAS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Nassau Airport Development Company – 2009 Annual Report
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