$14 mil agreement for new LPIA radar
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 04, 2013
The government signed a $14 million loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday for the installation of a new radar and other critical infrastructure at Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin said the radar and a 3-D tower simulator are critical to the development of the country’s aviation sector.
“It represents a major step forward in our country,” said Hanna Martin during the signing ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday.
“The radar that we are signing an agreement to purchase this morning is a modern, state-of-the-art critical piece of infrastructure.
“It is a major investment for a country such as ours, but it is a necessary investment.”
Representatives from the government of Spain were present, as well as several senior Bahamas government officials.
“In purchasing this piece of equipment, we assembled a team of our own Bahamian professional and technical personnel,” Hanna Martin said.
“I take this opportunity to thank them for their time and commitment in making sure that we did it right.”
Hanna Martin noted that the contract signing for the new radar is among initiatives planned for the Department of Civil Aviation.
“These initiatives are designed to take The Bahamas’ aviation sector to the highest levels in terms of safety, efficiency and full modernization,” she said.
“It is not a simple task. It is complex and is dressed in a sense of urgency.
“In the days ahead you will see the operation and management of airports move into an airports authority and out of the remit of the Department of Civil Aviation.
“The investigation of aviation accidents will move into an autonomous agency away from the Civil Aviation Department.
“The CAD will maintain its sole responsibility for regulatory oversight at the national level of safety and security.”