Update on the Bahamas Aviation Sector Modernization Work

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation wishes to provide an update to the work underway for the full modernization of the aviation sector in The Bahamas.

The work underway includes the acquisition of a new radar which is expected to go live over the next few weeks and the construction of an APP Building with state of the art simulators which will radically reduce training times for air traffic controllers. The Ministry has recruited 10 new air traffic control trainees and is now recruiting an additional 10 trainees.

Now underway is work for the redevelopment of the Exuma International airport where design works are being completed for a new and expanded terminal and runway works and a new fire station. It is anticipated that infrastructural works will commence by the end of the year.

Design plans for North Eleuthera airport are also being completed. Additionally technical works are underway for the selection of new airport sites for South Eleuthera and Long Island.

The Ministry of Works is finalizing design plans for terminals and runway works for Moores Island , Great Harbour Cay and Mayaguana.

Legislation has now been enacted for the modernization of aviation agencies including the creation of a Family Island Division of the Airport Authority which is to be shortly created and will bring for the first time a singular and undiluted focus of the redevelopment and operational needs of all family island airports.

The management of the Leonard M Thompson airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco will be fortified and supported through a technical support arrangement with VAG which currently manages LPIA and the terms of that arrangement are now being finalized.

Finally the Government of The Bahamas recently entered into an agreement with the IDB for the preparation of certain select airports namely North Eleuthera, Exuma and Treasure Cay airports for public private partnerships which will assist in capitalizing the infrastructural redevelopment of these airports.

The Government is committed to the full modernization of the aviation sector and significant steps are being made to that end.

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