Lynden Pindling International Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport, or YNN, is the largest airport in the Bahamas and the most significant international gateway into the country. It is a hub for Bahamasair, Western Air, and Pineapple Air. It features a US Customs border preclearance, which allows flights from the US to operate as domestic flights. The airport had 90,182 aircraft movements in 2019. There are two runways: 14/32, 11,017 feet long (asphalt); and 10/28, 8,323 feet long (asphalt).
In August 1942, Nassau Airport was used to train reconnaissance crews during WWII under the No. 111 Coastal Operational Training Unit RAF (the Royal Air Force of Britain). In December of that year, the airport was named Windsor Field (for the Duke of Windsor) and became an RAF station. It was used to transport US-built fighter and bomber aircraft to the European and North African war theaters. These included Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24 bombers and the Curtiss P-40 fighters. The base also served as a base for patrol bombers guarding against German U-boats. Consolidated Liberators and North American Mitchell bombers were used for this purpose. Upon the culmination of the war, the Unit returned to the UK in 1945 and was disbanded. The RAF as a whole disbanded from Windsor in June 1946, and the airfield was returned to civilian operations use. At the time, there was a closer airport to Nassau, Oakes Field. It had been recommended that Oakes remain the regular long-range airport at the Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization, which was held in Washington in September 1946. And so it was, until the 1st of November, 1957, at which point Nassau International Airport (aka Windsor Field) was brought into full operation. On the 6th of July, 2006, the airport was renamed Lynden Pindling International Airport in honor of the first Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who is recognized as the Father of the Nation, having brought about complete independence from the UK in 1973. By 2006 it had become clear that updates to the airport were needed (and the airport did reach capacity in 2011 with over 3 million passengers). As such, Nassau Airport Development Company reached a ten-year agreement with YVR Airport Services Ltd. (the commercial arm of the Vancouver Airport Authority) to manage, operate, and redevelop the airport. This brought the airport up to international standards: it included the construction of a US Departures Terminal, which was 247,000 square feet (and cost $198.1 million), the complete renovation of the old US terminal (which would serve as the new US Arrivals Terminal at the cost of $127.9 million), and the construction of a new domestic arrivals and departures terminal (112,000 square feet) and a new International Departure Terminal in place of the existing International Arrivals Hall (at the cost of $83.5 million). These projects were fully completed in October 2013 and resulted in 585,000 square feet of terminal space and the ability to accommodate 50% more passengers (it should be able to process up to 5.2 million passengers.
The airport is located in western New Providence island near the capital city of Nassau.
- The airport had the highest turnaround costs of Latin American airports in 2009 (including landing, boarding bridge, passenger facility charge, and security).
- In 2015, the US Customs Preclearance Facility installed 20 self-serve kiosks to improve efficiency for US-bound travelers.
- There are 24 new retail outlets and 16 bars and restaurants spread throughout the airport.
- There are ten jet bridges, 4 of which can handle a Boeing 747 and one capable of handling an Airbus A380 (the world's largest airliner).
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