Marsh Harbour Airport

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Leonard M. Thompson International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Bahamas Government
Operator Department of Civil Aviation
Serves Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, Bahamas
Location Marsh Harbour,Abaco
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 26°30′41″N 077°05′01″W / 26.51139°N 77.08361°W / 26.51139; -77.08361Coordinates: 26°30′41″N 077°05′01″W / 26.51139°N 77.08361°W / 26.51139; -77.08361
MYAM is located in Bahamas
Location in The Bahamas
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,859.3 6,100 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Leonard M. Thompson International Airport formally known as The Marsh Harbour International Airport (IATA: MHHICAO: MYAM) is an airport serving Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands in The Bahamas.[1]

Marsh Harbour is a major tourist attraction in the Bahamas. The airport offers service to Nassau and a few Florida cities. In 2007 a new runway was built to allow larger, regional jets to operate in and out of Marsh Harbour. A new airport terminal opened on 27 May 2014.

Facilities / Expansion and renovations[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 6 ft (1.8 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,523 m × 30 m (4,997 ft × 98 ft).[1] In 2006 the old runway has been converted to a taxiway as the newer 6,100 ft (1,859 m) runway has opened. The new Leonard M. Thompson International Airport terminal opened on 27 May 2014 after three years of construction.

The new terminal incorporate architectural elements that reflect culture of The Bahamas. The new 51,000 square feet terminal includes 22 counter positions, state-of-the-art luggage scanning system, pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks, long and short term public parking area.

The Marsh Harbour International Airport was renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport on July 7, 2016. Thompson was a son of Hope Town and a prominent aviator who once was a bomber pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

The Honourable Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, was pleased to announce the official renaming of the Marsh Harbour Airport to the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport at a formal renaming ceremony take place on Thursday 7th July, 2016, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. This event had form a part of the official 43rd Anniversary of Independence Celebrations.

The Leonard M. Thompson International Airport is among the busiest airports in The Bahamas and it is of critical importance to the economy of Abaco and to the nation.

This airport facility has been recently redeveloped at a cost of over $30 million. It is a state-of-the-art aerodrome with a unique array of Bahamian shops and restaurants. The government is now finalizing a technical cooperation agreement with Vantage Airport Group, current mangers of LPIA, to enhance the management and operational efficiency of this airport facility.We are positioning this airport to become a premiere airport facility not only in The Bahamas but in the region: It is no surprise therefore, that successive governments are in full consensus as to the appropriateness of renaming this important facility after this native son of the Abaco soil.

Leonard M. Thompson[edit]

Captain Leonard Thompson was born in Hope Town, Abaco on 17th June 1917, and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939. He flew 25 combat missions which ended when his bomber aircraft was shot down over Germany in 1944, leading to his capture and detention, until he was freed by Russian troops.His post-war involvement in Civil Aviation, business and politics further distinguished what had already been an outstanding career. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1949 – 1967. 

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Miami
Bahamasair Nassau, West Palm Beach
Delta Connection Seasonal: Atlanta
Flamingo Air Freeport
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando–MCO, Tampa, West Palm Beach
SkyBahamas Fort Lauderdale, Nassau
WesternAir Freeport
Tropic Ocean Airways Fort Lauderdale

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Main article: Aaliyah § Death
  • On 25 August 2001, the singer Aaliyah and members of a group that had filmed the "Rock the Boat" music video with her, were killed after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport. The plane was overloaded by 700 pounds (320 kg) and was carrying one excess passenger, according to its certification.[3]
  • On 13 June 2013, a SkyBahamas Airlines Saab 340B aircraft suffered substantial damage when it departed off the side of the runway while landing in heavy rain. There were no serious injuries or deaths among the 24 passengers and crew.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for MYAM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for MHH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Moss, Corey (16 July 2002). "Cocaine, Alcohol Found in Pilot of Aaliyah's Plane". MTV News. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Preliminary - Official Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 13 June 2013. 

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