The halls are decked and the trees are trimmed at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) as the country’s major gateway prepares to manage heavy passenger traffic over the Christmas season. Between mid-December, 2019 and January 2nd, 2020, an estimated 230,000 passengers will be processed through the airport’s three terminals.
To add some holiday cheer and take the humbug out of peak season travel, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) recently launched its seasonal entertainment program in-terminal. On December 12, Mixologist Marv Cunningham stirred up some fun with a holiday- inspired mixology session featuring Spice Guava Egg Nog, Peppermint Mojito and Santa’s Little Helper, a non-alcoholic drink for kids.
Last week, commercial retailers at LPIA also kicked off their 12 Days of Christmas promotion and US-bound passengers spending $25 or more had a chance to ‘spin and win’ LPIA paraphernalia. NAD’s commercial team anticipates that the buzz in-terminal will drive revenue and match the uptick in passenger numbers. Retail promotions will continue through Christmas Eve.
Passengers can also look forward to music and entertainment in December. As a special treat, the Ministry of Tourism’s Christmas Choir will welcome arriving visitors to The Bahamas with traditional holiday tunes on Thursday December 19 and Bahamian soloist Karrington McKenzie is scheduled to perform on Friday December 20. Maestro Bahamas Entertainment Band and the CV Bethel School Band will wrap up the seasonal performances at LPIA on Saturday December 21 and Monday December 23.
“Based on historic passenger numbers this year and our initial projections, we are in for a busy season here at the airport. Our focus at NAD is to continue to work with all of the relevant stakeholders to ensure the smooth movement of passengers through our facilities especially during the peak periods,” explained Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development at NAD.
“Our goal is to use best practices implemented over the Easter, summer and Thanksgiving periods to manage passenger flow. The in-terminal holiday activities, entertainment and special promotions are a way for us to make the travel process more enjoyable for passengers.”
She continued: “We’re encouraging persons traveling between now and the new year to plan ahead and stay connected to the airport and their airlines for relevant travel updates. It’s also advised that persons traveling on US-bound flights to arrive at least three hours prior to their scheduled departure time and two hours for international and domestic departures.”
In addition to arriving on time, NAD offered additional tips for passengers to adhere to during the peak holiday period:
· Confirm Travel Itinerary- Reconfirm all reservations and departure times before arriving at the airport. Also, be aware of each airline’s specific baggage policy.
· Use Technology To Your Advantage- Check-in online and download all relevant apps that will improve the travel experience.
· Opt To Fly Off Peak- Where possible, opt to travel outside of the peak departure period of 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Select an early morning flight or travel in the evenings to avoid longer lines and a crowded terminal.
· Pack Smart- Remember the 3-1-1 rule: 3.4 ounces or less per container for liquids, gels or aerosols; packed in 1 quart-sized clear plastic zip-top bag; limit of 1 bag per passenger when packing your belongings. This one step can shorten wait times on processing lines and reduce frustration.
· ID? Check. Ensure that you have the relevant documents for your trip. Check to see if your passport is valid. For local travelers heading to the US, you will require a valid passport along with a visa or a police record issued within the last six months. A US visa will expedite your processing.
· Screen Smart—To speed up wait times on security lines, place coins, keys and any small metal items in the screening bin, remove jackets and outerwear and unpack your laptop from its bag. Leave all gifts unwrapped. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can be easily removed.
· Stay Connected- Follow your individual airlines for specific flight details. Visit www.nassaulpia.com for updates on flight schedules and information on parking, in-terminal services or new security regulations and procedures. Follow LPIA on social media at www.facebook.com/NassauAirport and on Twitter and Instagram @nassau_airport.
· Shop, Dine & Relax In-Terminal- Once you’ve been processed, use the extra time to explore LPIA’s terminals. Enjoy the local artwork. Relax and rejuvenate in the airport lounge. Use free WiFi to catch up on emails or shop for that last-minute Christmas gift before heading back home.
Jan Knowles | Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development | Nassau Airport Development Company | Jan.email@example.com
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Photo captions 1: ‘Twas the week before Christmas at LPIA
Photo caption 2: Santa and his helpers bring holiday cheer to LPIA passengers with special promotions.