Lynden Pindling International Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport in The Bahamas. Formerly called the Nassau International Airport, the airport is located nine miles west of the capital city of Nassau and serves as the biggest gateway to the Bahamas. The Lynden Pindling International Airport is also a major hub for Bahamasair. Its name was changed in 2006 to honor Sir Lynden Pindling, the first Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Father of the Nation.
The airport features an impressive design with high vaulted ceilings and many windows to showcase the island’s beauty. The Lynden Pindling International Airport has two runways and more than 30 gates. It is served by 29 airlines that travel to 16 domestic and 28 international destinations.
More than 80 percent of passengers to the airport are from the United States. Flights from the U.S. are allowed to operate as domestic flights because the airport has U.S. Border pre-clearance facilities. This allows U.S. passengers to clear customs before leaving The Bahamas.
In 2009, the airport served more than 3 million passengers, which maxed out the airport’s capacity. The airport was renovated to meet expanding needs. In 2011, renovations led to a 21 percent increase in space as well as an increase in capacity for up to 50 percent more passengers. By 2020, the airport should be able to accommodate around 5.2 million passengers.
The airport expansion ultimately should create 1,000,000 square feet of operating space, including a 247,000 square foot U.S. Terminal and Pier. The airport expansion features an eco-friendly building design and upgraded baggage system.
Visitors to the airport find a variety of useful services. The Royal Bank of Canada has a branch in the international terminal that does currency exchange. There are also ATM locations in the domestic and US terminals. The airport offers 24-hour ambulance service and medical staff available at the Immigration Arrival hall to treat passengers of employees with medical emergencies. There is also a post office for last-minute postcards, letters, or packages to be sent at the international terminal and a post box at the US terminal.
The government of The Bahamas owns the airport, but it is managed by Vancouver Airport Services. Technically, the Nassau Airport Development Company Limited manages and operates the airport due to a 30-year lease with the government, but the company signed a 10-year agreement with Vancouver Airport Services.
Parking at Lynden Pindling Airport
Parking is available at the airport for reasonable rates. The airport offers both short- and long-term parking. Short-term parking is generally cheaper for use of two hours or fewer. It is meant for short drop offs and pick ups, though there is a daily rate to stay longer. The daily rate for long-term parking is always less expensive, though the rate for a couple of hours may be more than in a short-term lot.
Seven rental car companies are at the airport for convenient vehicle rentals. The companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
Taxis go regularly to and from the airport. There are rides to downtown, Mount Pleasant, Paradise Island, and other popular tourist destinations, all with fixed, zoned rates. Additional passenger fees usually apply. Visitors should be aware that even though some taxi companies offer fixed rates to certain destination, the cabs must still have a working meter.
Four tour bus companies operate from the airport, offering per-arranged transfers. The bus companies include Bahamas Experience Tours, Dan Knowles Tours, Leisure Travel & Tours Ltd., and Majestic Tours Bahamas.