GGT242
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Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:15 am

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.



http://www.tribune242.com/news/08022011_cn-AbacoAirport_news_pg1

Im glad another island besides nassau is receiving a proper airport facility, but i wish it was GGT,Exuma instead.

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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:51 am

Thats great for Abaco, cant wait to see how it turns out. Any word on the runway at MHH? I heard it is or was to be lengthened.

Makes me wish FPO airport was Govt owned and operated. Sucky Port Authority hiking prices and scaring away airlines with high costs.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:14 am

Quoting fpofllflyboi (Reply 1):

i cant wait to see it be completed to,i think the runway was finished over a year or so ago it is now i think 6,100 feet and the other runway is used as a taxiway.

yeah, freeport airport is really losing alot of flights, it use to e the second busiest airport in the bahamas,now its overtaken by MHH.

[Edited 2011-09-11 19:15:21]
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:25 am

This is awesome news! The terminal at MHH now is quite the experience, although kind of fun. I guess I'll miss it, but I'm sure I'll enjoy a modern terminal more.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:34 am

Quoting fpofllflyboi (Reply 1):
Makes me wish FPO airport was Govt owned and operated. Sucky Port Authority hiking prices and scaring away airlines with high costs.

Was just thinking that when reading the post. To think FPO is the same it has been for a while now while NAS and not MHH are improved/going to be improved.

Quoting GGT242 (Thread starter):
GGT,Exuma instead.

I would see some improvements here soon too. Traffic has been on the rise.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:46 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 4):

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.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:01 am

Anyone knows of any other airport upgrades in the pipeline? And are there any talks of MHH getting Pre-clearance facilities?
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:07 am

Quoting fpofllflyboi (Reply 6):

i know that treasure cay airport runway and ramp is getting re-paved,other than that i think deadman's cay airport is suppose to get some minor upgrades coming up..

also here on exuma there has been talk last month that exuma intl will get some improvements or maybe a new terminal..hopefully the latter.

and as far as i know,MHH is not in talks to get US pre-clearence.

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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:43 am

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.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:44 am

Well, considering the trailer terminal I went through in 2000, anything is an improvement at that airport.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:28 pm

well work has started, land is cleared..and they're projecting to finish second quarter of next year..so i think its almost sure its gonna happen.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:37 pm

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.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:58 pm

Quoting usxguy (Reply 11):

yeah their airport is in worse shape than the airport here exuma intl(ggt) atleast we have indoor seating and a separate building for customs and immigration.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:11 pm

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.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:10 pm

Quoting usxguy (Reply 11):

"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.
 
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:41 pm

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.
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RE: Marsh Harbour Intl Gets Brand New Terminal

Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:22 pm

Quoting usxguy (Reply 15):

the next abaconian comes out on the 15th i believe.