Lynden Pindling International Airport

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Lynden Pindling
International Airport
Nassau Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OperatorNassau Airport Development Company
LocationNassau, Bahamas
Hub for
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates25°02′20″N 077°27′58″W / 25.03889°N 77.46611°W / 25.03889; -77.46611Coordinates: 25°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 (2014)
Passenger change 13–14Increase3.3%
Aircraft movements136,948
Movements change 13–14N.D.
Source: DAFIF,[1][2] ACI's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report

Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA: NAS, ICAO: MYNN), formerly known as Nassau International Airport (1957–2006), is the largest airport in the Bahamas and the largest international gateway into the country. It is a major hub for Bahamasair and Western Air and 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]

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.[3] 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 North American Mitchell patrol bombers combating the German Navy's U-boat threat.

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.[4] 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.[4]

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) to manage, operate and redevelop the airport.[5]

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.[5]

NAS check-in area in 2009

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. 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.[5] 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 Preclearence 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
American Airlines Charlotte, New York–LaGuardia (resumes April 10, 2021) , Philadelphia
Seasonal: Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
American Eagle Miami
Seasonal: Philadelphia, Washington–National
Bahamasair Cap-Haitien, Cockburn Town, Colonel Hill, Deadman's Cay, Fort Lauderdale, Freeport, George Town, Governor's Harbour, Havana, Holguin, Marsh Harbour, Matthew Town, Mayaguana,[6] Miami, North Eleuthera, Orlando, Port-au-Prince, Providenciales, Rock Sound, Santa Clara, Spring Point, Treasure Cay
British Airways Grand Cayman, London–Heathrow
Caribbean Airlines Kingston–Norman Manley, Port of Spain
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Flamingo Air Staniel Cay
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
JetBlue Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK, Orlando, Washington–National
Pineapple Air Chub Cay, Colonel Hill, Governors Harbour, North Eleuthera, Spring Point, Stella Maris
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Tampa
Southern Air Charter Deadman's Cay, Governor's Harbour, North Eleuthera, Stella Maris
Southwest Airlines Baltimore[7]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles
Western Air Andros Town, Congo Town, Freeport, George Town, Mangrove Cay, Marsh Harbour, San Andros, South Bimini
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary


IBC Airways Miami
Skyway Enterprises Miami
Seasonal: Santiago de los Caballeros

See also[edit]


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

  1. ^ Airport information for MYNN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for NAS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Bloch, Michael (28 May 2012). The Duke of Windsor's War. ISBN 9781405517089.
  4. ^ a b "Bahamas Civil Aviation". Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Nassau Airport Development Company – 2009 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 7 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Liu, Jim. "bahamasair Sep 2020 domestic service resumptions". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. ^

External links[edit]

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