GGT242 From Bahamas, joined Jun 2011, 24 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 3983 times:
Marsh Harbour International Airport(MHH) in the Bahamas is getting a brand new terminal and being renamed to Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
THE NEW multi-million dollar Abaco airport terminal is expected to be completed in 2012.
The Prime Minister with cabinet ministers flew to Abaco yesterday to officially sign a $27 million contract to construct the new Marsh Harbour airport terminal.
At the contract signing ceremony for the construction of the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal Building, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the project has been a long time coming, almost 30 years in the making.
The 51,000 sq ft terminal will include 22 counter positions, state-of-the-art luggage scanning system, pilot briefing room, two restaurants, a lounge, VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks, long and short term parking areas along with taxi and employee parking areas, said Mr Grant.
definitely exuma intl.. needs a better facility..something along the lines of the proposed marsh harbour terminal, because it can barely handle the current traffic we have now, and its getting busier like you noted with air canada and delta connection.
USXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 907 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3572 times:
I'll be surprised if this is done in 20 years. It took them HOW LONG to expand the runway.... and look at all the hype over BEC's new power plant, and even then it took the entire Abacos to stand up to BEC to get them to change to diesel fuel instead of the heavier, thicker oil (forgot the name of it).
I think Civil Aviation should really REALLY invest in an ILS for MHH.... that will make things more efficient.
usxguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 907 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3289 times:
One other point of nagging:
I pray the airport has a back-up generator. I can't tell you how difficult it is to manage a flight if the agents in MHH have no power... which then means no APIS information for the inbound flight.
AWACS - not sure it was ever a trailer. A few years ago they extended the patio on the east side by about 10 feet and added a bunch of benches/chairs. It is not pretty when you have American Eagle & Bahamasair leaving at the same time, that's for sure.
fjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 592 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3039 times:
I flew Gulfstream to Treasure Cay in December 2008 and it was probably the most spartan airport I'd ever seen - basically a wooden shack with some check in desks and a bathroom that was old and dilapidated. But for the handful of flights they see its probably never going to get replaced.
"The airport terminal, control tower and the crash facility will be equipped with 100 per cent back up emergency electrical supply systems. The existing terminal will be converted into an Air Cargo facility." this what the article said.
usxguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 907 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
I was waiting for the Abaconian to publish a bit more; they had a good article about it a few months ago.
Re: Treasure Cay
That is the "standard" model for all Bahamian terminals. Yellow painted concrete/brick with simple lobby, snack bar, and few airline offices with 2 doors leading to the ramp, with security handled by agents with hand wands. Customs/Immigration are on either side.
If you want to see "shacks" fly to Stella Maris. Its a small cluster of little "huts"... very unique & interesting, especially since there isn't a passenger waiting area... heaven forbid it ever rains. And security is in their own little building, I believe Bahamasair has their logo on the side, but I don't think UP has brought a Dash 8 in there in a very very very long time.