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Lynden Pindling International Airport

Coordinates: 25°02′20″N 077°27′58″W / 25.03889°N 77.46611°W / 25.03889; -77.46611
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Lynden Pindling
International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerNassau Airport Development Company (Government of The Bahamas)
OperatorVantage Airport Group
ServesNassau, Bahamas
Hub for
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates25°02′20″N 077°27′58″W / 25.03889°N 77.46611°W / 25.03889; -77.46611
NAS/MYNN is located in Bahamas
Location in The Bahamas
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 3,358 11,017 Asphalt
10/28 2,537 8,323 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 13–14Increase11%
Aircraft movements90,182
Movements change 13–14N.D.
Source: DAFIF,[1][2] ACI's 2019 World Airport Traffic Report

Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA: NAS, ICAO: MYNN), formerly known as Nassau International Airport, is the largest airport in the Bahamas and the largest international gateway into the country. It is a hub for Bahamasair, Western Air, and Pineapple Air. The airport is located in western New Providence island near the capital city of Nassau. The airport is named after Lynden Pindling, the first prime minister of the Bahamas.


Early years[edit]

The airport in 1976.

In August 1942, No. 111 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit RAF was established at Nassau Airport to train general reconnaissance crews using the North American Mitchell and Consolidated Liberators.[3]

During the Second World War, on 30 December 1942, the airport was named Windsor Field (after the Duke of Windsor) and became a Royal Air Force (RAF) station.[4] Windsor Field was the second airport in The Bahamas and 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 theaters. It was also a base station for Consolidated Liberator I and Mitchell patrol bombers combating the German Navy's U-boat threat.

111 OTU returned to the UK in August[5] or September 1945. (National Archives) and was disbanded.

After the Second World War, on 1 June 1946, the RAF withdrew from Windsor Field and it reverted to civilian use. Oakes Field (now Thomas Robinson Stadium) remained as the main airport in the Bahamas due to its close proximity to downtown Nassau.[6] 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 midnight, 1 November 1957, when Nassau International Airport at Windsor Field was brought into full operation.[6]

The name of the airport was officially changed on 6 July 2006 in honour of The Rt Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling (22 March 1929 – 25 August 2000), first Prime Minister of Bahamas (1967 – 1992). Sir Lynden is recognized as the Father of the Nation, having led the Bahamas to Majority rule in 1967 as well as full Independence from the United Kingdom within the British Commonwealth six years later.

Expansion and renovations[edit]

With more than 3 million passengers and over 80,000 takeoffs and landings, the airport had reached its capacity by 2011 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), the commercial arm of Vancouver Airport Authority,[7] to manage, operate and redevelop the airport.[8]

The redevelopment updated the airport facilities to international 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.[8]

The financing had to be restructured and therefore slightly delayed because of the turmoil on financial markets in the wake of the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Nevertheless, the first stage of the project was completed in March 2011.[7] 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.[9] The third and final phase of the project was completed in October 2013. The airport now features 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 has been added. There are also 24 new retail outlets and 16 bars and lounges located across the sprawling terminal complex.[citation needed]

The airport handled 3.2 million passengers in 2008; and it is expected that the expansion will allow for roughly 5.2 million passengers to be processed by 2020, according to NAD.[8] The airport contains US Border preclearance facilities allowing all US flights to operate as domestic flights upon arrival at their destination. In February 2015, the US Border Preclearance Facility installed 20 Automated Passenger Control (APC) self serve kiosks to improve the efficiency of passenger processing for US bound travelers.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles[10]
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma[11]
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Miami
Bahamasair Cap-Haitien, Colonel Hill, Deadman's Cay, Fort Lauderdale, Freeport, George Town, Governor's Harbour, Havana, Marsh Harbour, Matthew Town, Mayaguana, Miami, North Eleuthera, Orlando, Providenciales, Rock Sound, San Salvador, Spring Point
British Airways Grand Cayman, London–Heathrow, Providenciales
Caribbean Airlines Kingston–Norman Manley
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia[12]
Seasonal: Boston
Flamingo Air Black Point, Great Harbour Cay, Mangrove Cay, Staniel Cay
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles,[13] New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia (ends October 27, 2024),[14] Orlando, Washington–National
LeAir Andros Town, Great Harbour Cay, Mangrove Cay[15]
Pineapple Air Governors Harbour, North Eleuthera
Silver Airways Tampa, West Palm Beach[16]
Southern Air Charter Deadman's Cay, Governor's Harbour, North Eleuthera, Stella Maris
Southwest Airlines Orlando[17]
Seasonal: Baltimore
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Washington–Dulles
United Express Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow
Western Air Congo Town, Fort Lauderdale,[18] Freeport, George Town, Marsh Harbour, New Bight, San Andros, South Bimini
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary


Conquest Air Cargo[19] Miami–Opa Locka
FedEx Feeder Miami
IBC Airways Miami
Skyway Enterprises Miami
Seasonal: Santiago de los Caballeros


Former (from pre renovation) Departures area
Former (from pre renovation) Check-in area
Annual passenger traffic at NAS airport. See Wikidata query.


The airport had the highest Turnaround Costs (landing, boarding bridge, passenger facility charge, security, measured on an Airbus A320) of Latin American airports in 2009.[20]

See also[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

  1. ^ "Airport information for MYNN". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for NAS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ National Archives, 111 Operational Training Unit; Sturtivant, Ray (2007). RAF Flying Training and Support Units since 1912. Air-Britain. pp. 198–206. ISBN 0-85130 365 X.
  4. ^ Bloch, Michael (28 May 2012). The Duke of Windsor's War. Little, Brown Book. ISBN 9781405517089.
  5. ^ "Mitchells: The North American Mitchell in Royal Air Force service." Aeromilitaria (Air-Britain Historians), Issue 2, 1978, pp. 41–48.
  6. ^ a b "Bahamas Civil Aviation". www.bcaa.gov.bs. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Nassau Airport: Diving deep". IJ Global. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Nassau Airport Development Company – 2009 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Vantage Airport Group". Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Alaska Airlines extends Los Angeles-Nassau service to year round". CAPA. 4 December 2023.(subscription required)
  11. ^ "Alaska Airlines Just Added These New International Routes". AFAR. 21 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Delta Resumes New York LaGuardia – Nassau From Dec 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 10 July 2023.
  13. ^ "JetBlue Expands Caribbean Network, Adds Service to Belize and St. Kitts". Travel Pulse. 6 June 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  14. ^ "View From the Wing". 8 May 2024. Retrieved 8 May 2024.
  15. ^ "Flight Schedule". www.flyleair.com. Retrieved 11 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Silver Airways Restarts West Palm Beach". Airline Geeks. 15 January 2024.
  17. ^ "Southwest Airlines Extends Flight Schedule with New International Options and Most-Ever Departures". 26 October 2023.
  18. ^ "Westen Air Limited | Bahamas | Caribbean | Latin America".
  19. ^ "Daily Flight Schedule". Conquest Air Cargo. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  20. ^ Tomás Serebrisky. "Airport Economics in Latin America and the Caribbean". The World Bank. Archived from the original on 30 January 2022. Retrieved 30 January 2022.

External links[edit]

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