Marsh Harbour Airport
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Leonard M. Thompson International Airport
|Operator||Department of Civil Aviation|
|Serves||Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, Bahamas|
|Elevation AMSL||6 ft / 2 m|
Leonard M. Thompson International Airport, formerly known as The Marsh Harbour International Airport (IATA: MHH, ICAO: MYAM), is an airport serving Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands, The Bahamas. Leonard M. Thompson International Airport is the second busiest airport in the Bahamas and the second largest international gateway into the country only after Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.
Marsh Harbour is a major tourist attraction. The airport offers scheduled passenger flights to Nassau and several destinations in Florida as well as regional jet flights nonstop to Charlotte and Miami in the U.S. In 2007 a new runway was built to allow larger, regional jets to operate from Marsh Harbour. A new airport terminal was opened on 27 May 2014.
The airport has an elevation of 6 ft (1.8 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway, designated 09/27, that has an asphalt surface measuring 1,859.3 m × 30 m (6,100 ft × 98 ft). In 2006 the old runway was converted into a taxiway after 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 incorporates architectural elements that reflect culture of The Bahamas. The new 51,000-square-foot terminal has 22 counter positions, a new luggage scanning system, pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, shops, and a public parking area.
Marsh Harbour International Airport was renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport on May 25, 2016. Thompson was a son of Hope Town and a prominent aviator who was a bomber pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during World War II.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- On 25 August 2001, American singer/actress Aaliyah and eight crew members of a group that had participated in the filming of her "Rock the Boat" music video, were killed soon after their plane took off from Marsh Harbour Airport. The plane was overloaded by 700 pounds (320 kg), according to its certification.
- 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.
- Airport information for MYAM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for MHH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- 2017/2018 Budget Contribution by the Hon. Brent Symonette Member of Parliament for the St. Anne's Constituency and Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, Bahamas Trade Info, 21 June 2017, retrieved 19 March 2019
- 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.
- "Preliminary - Official Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. 13 June 2013.