Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) resumed full operations on Saturday, October 8, 2016, restoring all passenger processing services, commercial amenities and utility services (electricity, telephone/communications and water) following Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that swept the Caribbean in the days prior.
As of October 8, the airport’s United States Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance (USCBP) facilities are fully staffed and functioning. Technologies, including automated passport control, electronic boarding pass capability and global entry, are also available.
Airside operations are functional and are not impacting airline schedules. This includes full functionality of all ground handling and refueling services as well as full operation of eight of the airport’s 11 jet bridges. The airport can also accommodate hard stand operations.
“We were very pleased that LPIA was able to fully resume operations just one day after the storm departed Nassau,” said Vernice Walkine, President and CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD). “We are grateful to all of the stakeholders at LPIA for their immediate response following the storm that made this possible.”
In 2013, LPIA, managed by NAD with oversight from Vantage Airport Group, completed a $409.5 million renovation. Hurricane Matthew, with its Category 4 winds, was the first test of the new facility under intense hurricane conditions. Structurally, the airport fared well and remains in excellent condition, sustaining only minor cosmetic damage to its exterior. Inside, the terminals also incurred minor damage; however, all of LPIA’s retail and food and beverage partners are offering full services for the comfort of passengers.
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