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THE BAHAMAS | NASSAU | U.S. Departure Terminal & Airport Expansion | Lynden Pindling Intl. Airport - NAS | U/C

NEW U.S. DEPARTURE TERMINAL & AIRPORT EXPANSION
Lynden Pindling International Airport

Nassau



Lynden Pindling International Airport Expansion
Nassau Airport Development Company Limited

Nassau, Bahamas

Ledcor, in partnership with Woslee Construction of Nassau, completed Stage One of the Lynden Pindling International Airport Expansion Project in 2011 - four weeks ahead of schedule. At the height of construction for Stage One more than 400 jobs were created.

Ledcor is currently executing Stage Two, scheduled to be completed in late 2012. Stage Two includes selective demolition of the current U.S. Departures Terminal, construction of a new International Arrivals Terminal, and new International Departures Terminal.

In Stage Three, the final stage of the project, a new Domestic/International Departures and Domestic Arrivals Terminal will be added to the airport. This is the largest infrastructural project ever undertaken by the Bahamian Government.

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Expansion and renovations

Currently, the airport has 2 runways, more than 30 gates and 482,000 sq ft (44,800 m2) of terminal space. With more than 3 million passengers and 92,000 takeoffs and landings in 2008, the airport had reached its capacity and its facilities were outdated and insufficient.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.

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.

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. A new 112,000-square-foot domestic/international departures and domestic arrivals terminal will be added at LPIA during the project’s third and final stage. This terminal is set to open in 2013.

Once all phases are completed, the airport will feature a total terminal area of 571,000 squ*are feet, with 10 jet-bridge capable gates. Other features include four gates capable of taking Boeing 747-sized aircraft, and one capable of handling the Airbus A-380, the world’s largest aircraft. An additional 1 million square feet of airport operating surface – including park*ing lots and taxiways – will also be available.
The airport handled 3.2 million passengers in 2008; once the expansion is complete, roughly 5.2 million passengers are expected by 2020, according to NAD.Nassau Airport Development Company - 2009 Annual Report</ref>
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Bahamas’ Lynden Pindling International Airport Opens New Multimillion US Departure Terminal
03.01.2011 PrintE-mail
By Azaleta Ishmael

By Azaleta Ishmael

A red carpet Grand Opening Party that was everything Bahamian and more, was held on February 25, 2011 to celebrate the upcoming March 2011 opening of the new U.S. Departures Terminal at the Lynden Pindling Airport in Nassau.

This state of the art, modern and sleek looking terminal will mark The Bahamas as a winning destination in the Caribbean. Bahamian dignitaries who attended the party included the Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and his wife Delores, His Excellency, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas and his wife Joan Lady Foulkes.

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New Bahamas Airport Terminal Opens

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By the Caribbean Journal Staff

The first stage in a $409.5 million airport redevelopment at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport has opened, with a new U.S. Departures Terminal arriving on time and at a cost of $198.1 million. The new terminal broke ground 20 months ago. The new terminal includes a branded Heineken lounge, three outdoor dining areas, eight retail stores and a Graycliff Lounge and Smoking Divan. “For far too long we ranked among the least efficient and least customer-friendly airports in our region,” Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in a statement.

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LPIA Upgrades its Parking Revenue Control

As part of a $409.5 million redevelopment project linking three terminals, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau is expanding its parking facilities and upgrading its parking revenue control equipment. After all three stages of the project are complete, there will be three public lots (one short-term and two extended stay) with more than 2,000 total parking spaces. Employees will also have two lots.

The airport's latest contract with Amano McGann for parking revenue control equipment continues a decade-long relationship. Twenty-four lanes of new parking revenue control equipment are being installed in various phases of the redevelopment. To accommodate left- and right-hand drive vehicles, all parking revenue control equipment is being set up on both sides.

The Commercial Side

New enhancements will also help LPIA control commercial ground transportation.

Scott Hill, Amano McGann vice president of distributor sales, reports that more U.S. airports are starting to look at the revenue stream that can be derived from commercial ground transportation. While many continue to charge a flat user's fee to commercial ground transportation companies such as private limousine services, hotel shuttle buses and taxis, some airports are beginning to charge per trip, Hill relates. Customized revenue systems like Amano McGann's make that possible by using radio frequency identification tags associated with automated vehicle identification (AVI) systems to track every vehicle that goes into and out of a terminal area or holding lot.

If commercial vehicles are only permitted to park in front of the terminal for 10 minutes, and a shuttle bus is parked there longer, the airport can notify the company with a warning or charge an additional fee. If the airport wants to limit the number of taxis in front of the terminal, waiting taxis can park in a remote lot. When one taxi leaves the terminal, another can be notified to drive up.

"The airport wants to eliminate having too many vehicles at the curb at any one time, yet keep the taxis and shuttle buses flowing for customer convenience," explains Gregg Smith, senior sales executive with Amano McGann.

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Nassau Airport Opens New U.S. Departures Terminal
By Rebecca Kanable
As published in: Airport Improvement Magazine - May-June 2011






The largest airport in The Bahamas, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau, is becoming a source of national pride. The country's leader said so himself in February, at the grand opening of the airport's new 247,000-square-foot U.S. departures terminal.



"Essentially, we are transforming and building at LPIA a new airport with an enhanced passenger and visitor experience for Bahamians and visitors alike," said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.



(Richard Johnson Photography)

The grand opening celebration marked the on-time, under-budget completion of the first of three linked terminals in a $409.5 million airport redevelopment project, which is the largest government capital project in the history of The Bahamas. The redevelopment of LPIA is being funded by passenger facility charges or user fees except for the provision of $50 million by the government of The Bahamas for Stage I.



(Richard Johnson Photography)

The modern, eco-friendly terminal not only brings a new look to the airport, it also provides a new outlook to the Bahamian people. With a largely tourism-based economy, local residents appreciate the importance of having an airport that provides a positive impression of the country, explain officials.

Previously, the government subsidized the airport; now it receives revenue from the government-owned airport. Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), a Bahamian company owned by the government of The Bahamas, took over the day-to-day operations at LPIA in April 2007, when Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS) signed a 10-year contract to develop, operate and manage the airport through NAD. YVRAS, which is jointly owned by the Vancouver Airport Authority and Citi Infrastructure Investors, operates and/or invests in 19 airports on three continents.

Although the government owns NAD, it is a self-sustaining commercial entity that receives no government guarantees or grants. As such, NAD is overseeing the airport redevelopment project.

NAD president and CEO, Stewart Steeves, says the project brings airport services and amenities up to a "world-class standard" and prepares the airport for future growth.

In 2008, 3.2 million passengers traveled through LPIA. By 2020, the newly expanded facilities are expected to accommodate 5.2 million passengers.

According to Steeves, both logistics and traffic patterns propelled the U.S. departures terminal to the front of the project. With the U.S. market accounting for about 80% of the airport's outbound passengers, it was a logical priority, he explains. It also, however, made sense to begin the three-stage project by building the new U.S. departures terminal next to the 19-year-old U.S. terminal. In Stage 2, the old terminal will be "selectively demolished" and a new international arrivals terminal will be built in its place. When that's done, the old international arrivals terminal will be demolished to make way for a new domestic/international departures and domestic arrivals terminal. All three terminals will eventually be linked.

In addition to the new U.S. departures terminal, the $191 million Stage 1 included the construction of new roadways, expansion of existing parking facilities and addition of about 1 million square feet of asphalt apron.

Construction of Stage 1 began in July 2009, with Ledcor Construction Limited as the principal general contractor for the terminal building in a joint venture with Woslee Construction, a Bahamian company. Ranger Construction was the general contractor for the site civil works.

Bahamian by Design

Stantec Consulting International served as the principal design, architectural and engineering firm in partnership with Alexiou and Associates, a Bahamian firm.



(Richard Johnson Photography)

Stantec executive principal Stanis Smith explains that the government's interest in making the airport a source of national pride was compatible with the standard approaches of YVRAS and Stantec. From a design standpoint, Stantec strives to "very strongly brand airports with a sense of place," he elaborates.



(Richard Johnson Photography)

At LPIA, the natural beauty of The Bahamas inspired the look and feel of the U.S. departures terminal, Smith notes. The terminal roof was engineered to mirror the rippling of sand and waves; beach-colored limestone was combined with bright pastel colors to create a distinctly Bahamian feel; and natural textures, fabrics and materials were favored.

"As the largest airport in The Bahamas, the Nassau airport is the welcome experience - an introduction to The Bahamas," Smith relates.

Landscaped gardens at the ends of the terminals and between the terminals are an integral part of the design. Three patios in the holding areas provide a place for passengers to enjoy an outdoor meal or drink before their flight.

NAD partnered with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to ensure that artwork by Bahamian artists adorns the new terminal. Smith points to two bronze sculptures of Junkanoo dancers in traditional dress (see Page 12) as one of the most eye-catching pieces on display.

Travelers can also sample Bahamian culture in the expanded concession offerings. The new terminal has a 170-seat restaurant and bar, three food courts, a coffee shop, three newsstands/bookstores, eight retail shops, two retail kiosks, a retail cart, a common-use lounge, two full bars and a duty-free store. Retail merchandise includes locally crafted straw products, weavings, soaps and upscale perfumes.



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Making the new facility into a unique gateway was a constant focus, relates Smith. "We really wanted to make this terminal something that people will remember and associate with The Bahamas," he explains. "We want them to feel like this terminal could be nowhere else but The Bahamas."

Designers also worked to ensure that passengers have a stress-free travel experience. As such, the new terminal was designed to be barrier-free and easier to get into and out of. Way finding is intuitive, and the space is more free-flowing, reports Smith.

In the old U.S. departures terminal, passengers waited in a common hold room until their flights were called; then they walked out the departure pier.

Today, Steeves contrasts, "You can stay in the retail area or the food and beverage area, or you can wait by your gate. It's really much more flexible and efficient."

Island-friendly

While aesthetics were important to the Bahamian government, it also wanted the terminal's design and construction to meet high environmental standards.

Steeves and Smith give examples of how the team accomplished that goal:

Deep roof overhangs keep high-level glass in shadow to minimize heat-gain.

A light-colored roof reflects heat.
Rainwater collected on the roof is used to flush toilets.
Wells drilled 400 feet deep capture ground water and cycle it through chillers and heat exchangers.
Automated system controls reduce unnecessary usage. The lighting system, for example, automatically responds to natural ambient light.

In addition, less than 50% of the terminal's exterior walls include glass. This reduces the amount of heat entering the building, while still providing views of the tarmac, explains Smith. To better suit the Bahamian climate, Stantec rejected what it calls the traditional "glass box" approach to terminal design, in which most of the building is clad in glass. Instead, the exterior is clad in a combination of windows and solid panels that are brightly colored in sand and sky hues to capture the look of The Bahamas.

Conditioned air comes from the floor through high-volume, low-velocity diffusers disguised in planters, tables and art display cabinets. This strategy saves considerable energy because only the space that is occupied by people is conditioned, rather than the entire volume of the building, Steeves relates.

Smith says, "When we put intelligent features into our designs that reduce the energy consumption of a building, everyone benefits."

Inside the Terminal

In addition to the building being energy-efficient, systems within the building were designed to be efficient for users.

Glidepath was awarded a $21 million contract to design, build and install a new fully integrated baggage handling, sortation and explosive detection system. In Stage 1, Glidepath added a 55-counter check-in with a 1,800 bag-per-hour inline explosive detection system, bag-weight imaging system (BWIS) and an automated baggage sortation with three large makeup carousels totaling 3,500 linear feet and more than 300 drives.

According to Glidepath vice president of operations Greg Wheeler, very few airports have BWIS capabilities. The system weighs and takes a picture of each checked bag at LPIA. The application, notes Wheeler, is starting to become a requirement for bags entering the United States.

From behind the ticket counters, the system is a standard integrated baggage handling system, he adds.

The new terminal's Airport Operational Database (AODB) and flight information display system (FIDS) were provided by Air-Transport IT Services, with Bahamian company Capitol City Computers installing 75 of the dynamic displays.

Late in Stage 1, AirIT's EASE common-use airline check-in system was added to 21 gate positions for nine scheduled carriers and to check-in counters for charter operators. In order to get the airlines up and running, AirIT implemented the system in six weeks, reports AirIT president and COO Chris Keller.



(Richard Johnson Photography)

EASE common-use technology allows any airline to use airport hardware at any gate position to operate the airline's own dedicated application on the airport-provided network infrastructure. Handling more airlines and more operations in less facility space fits the airport's goal of being environmentally responsible.

When information is entered in the check-in system, the AODB and FIDS are updated automatically. Such advantages, notes Keller, give the airport a competitive advantage in attracting airlines.

"It allows us to accommodate off-schedule aircraft movements or irregular operations much more flexibly than we could before," comments Steeves.

In addition to EASE, the airport uses AirIT's local departure control system for charter airlines that do not have their own application.

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Lynden Pindling International Airport - New US Terminal

Saturday February 26th, 2011

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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. H.A. Ingraham officiated at a Gala Opening Ceremony for the new US Departure Terminal at Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) last night.

The Prime Minister noted that The Bahamas is on its way to realizing a long deferred national aspiration for an attractive, modern and efficient principal air gateway to the jurisdiction. “This is befitting of our status as the premier destination in our region,” he said.

The terminal is considered unique in the region, from the perspectives of size, scale and scope, as well as amenities and features. It incorporates state-of-the-art baggage systems, environmentally-friendly cooling systems and al fresco dining facilities. The redevelopment of LPIA is also being funded, uniquely, on the basis of passenger facility charges or user fees except for the provision of $50 million by the Government of The Bahamas for Phase I. This first phase was completed at an estimated cost of $190.8 million, Phase II (new International Terminal - starting next week) is expected to cost $138.3 million and Phase III (new Domestic Terminal), which will commence immediately upon the completion of Phase II, some $71.98 million.

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Lpia's Completion To Create 200 Jobs

Around 200 full-time jobs will be created when the final stage of Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) redevelopment is completed in November, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with tenders for the retail concessions already out to bid.

Vernice Walkine, the Nassau Airport Development Company’s (NAD) chief executive and president, told Tribune Business that completion of the new international and domestic departures, plus domestic arrivals, terminal would take the total number of workers employed at LPIA to just under 3,000.

Before Stage 3 we had estimated that 2,600 people were employed full-time at the airport,” she said. “That’ll be increased by another couple of hundred opportunities coming with Stage 3. It’s not like Atlantis, with around 10,000 employees, or a Baha Mar, but it’s pretty significant employer.”

Ms Walkine told Tribune Business that among the retail concessions set to open when the terminal is completed are four retail kiosks, a duty-free liquor store, three food court restaurants, a convenience store, and sit-down bar and restaurant.
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New Bahamas airport raises financial issues
Written by Larry Luxner // April 2, 2013 // Caribbean // No comments


Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (Credit: http://imageshack.us/f/338/dsc0229wb.jpg/)

One of the Caribbean’s top tourism destinations, the Bahamas, now has a world-class international airport to boast about. Yet who will foot the bill for this strikingly modern, $409.5 million expansion project remains a matter of controversy.

The three-stage redevelopment of Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) began with the March 2011 opening of a 247,000-square-foot U.S. terminal and one million square feet of aircraft operating surface. The second stage, a 226,000-square-foot international arrivals terminal valued at $144 million and housing more than 20 retail and food outlets, was inaugurated in October 2012.

Upon completion of Phase III — consisting of a domestic and international departures terminal as well as a domestic arrivals terminal — later this year, the new LPIA airport complex will cover 571,000 square feet and have the capacity to handle five million passengers per year.

To pay for it all, the Nassau Airport Development Co. (NAD) has proposed boosting the international passenger facility charge by $4.50 and the domestic passenger facility charge by $2.50, effective Oct. 1, 2013. This will raise the total fee to $40 for international passengers.

That doesn’t sit well with the seven airlines that bring the bulk of U.S. passengers to the Bahamas: American, US Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United. In a Feb. 4 letter to NAD, the airlines complained that the proposed increase would unfairly raise the cost of air travel and cut into profits of airlines serving the competitive Bahamas tourism market.

In response, the airport’s governing body is aggressively defending its action, arguing that all passenger facility charge (PFC) increases are made in accordance with initial plans discussed with the airlines when LPIA’s expansion commenced in 2009.

“PFC increases have been timed to occur at the end of each stage of construction, as each new terminal commences operation, at the airlines’ request,” said Chris Ryan, NAD’s vice-president and chief financial officer, in his Feb. 19 letter. “This means financing for construction was raised in advance, with debt repayment deferred, until full operations of the new terminal commenced.”

Based on current traffic forecasts, Ryan said, the current rates will repay the debt with only CPI-based increases in the future.

“The nature of the financing of this project is such that essentially all of the free cash flow of the airport must be utilized to first repay the debt,” the NAD representative said.

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