NASSAU, BAHAMAS — On October 29, 2021, Airports Council International (ACI) awarded Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) its COVID-19 Health Accreditation for the second year in a row.
The country’s major gateway joins more than 400 facilities from around the world that met the industry’s criteria for safe operations in a COVID-19 environment. Earning the reaccreditation confirms Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and LPIA stakeholders’ commitment to efficiently and effectively processing passengers amidst a global pandemic.
The announcement comes as passenger numbers begin to trend upwards, with tourism officials anticipating a near return to pre-covid visitor levels between Thanksgiving and the new year.
Jonathan Hanna, NAD director of operations, said the focus heading into the end-of-year peak will be on monitoring current safety protocols and improving existing operations procedures.
“Our efforts to maintain a safe and efficient facility continue particularly as we move into a busy travel period,” Hanna explained.
“We established protocols for COVID-19 management and those guidelines have worked well over the past 20 months in helping us prioritize the health and safety of all airport users.
“The reaccreditation from ACI confirms that we are on the right track. Our goal, from an operations standpoint, is to work with the airport community to remain compliant with all local and international best practices while providing a comfortable travel experience for all.”
The health accreditation program is based on aviation industry guidance set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-Off document and ACI’s Recovery and Restart Best Practices.
Areas of focus include cleaning and disinfection, staff and stakeholder protection and effective passenger communications.
ACI also takes into consideration in-terminal operations and key points of engagement and interaction, inclusive of check-in areas, security screening, gates, lounges and retail/food & beverage areas.
In 2020, LPIA became one of the first airports in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve a COVID-19 Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International.
For more information on ACI’s Health Accreditation, visit https://aci.aero/programs-and-services/airport-operations/aci-airport-health-accreditation-program/.