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  • Dame Marguerite Pindling (fourth from left), with Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes (third from left) and Prime Minister Perry Christie (right) cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Domestic Arrivals and Departures and International Departures Terminal at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Also show at left are President and CEO of Nassau Airport Development (NAD) Company Vernice Walkine, and Lady Joan Foulkes. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 18, 2013

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A new Domestic Arrivals and Departures and International Departures Terminal was officially opened at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) last night.

During the event, Prime Minister Perry Christie acknowledged the contributions of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in continuing with his government’s plans for the facility.

“This modern, spacious airport has been completed just in time, when we need to secure more airlift to accommodate the large traffic demands being created in Nassau/Paradise Island by the new Baha Mar mega resort, new programs and attractions at Atlantis, the next phase of expansion at Albany, the revitalization of the tourism industry taking place in Grand Bahama and expanding resort projects in Abaco, Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma and San Salvador,” Christie said.

“In this stage alone, more than $105 million was awarded to Bahamian contractors and at the peak of construction some 350 workers were working on-site.

“Transforming LPIA took a lot of man hours, and an investment of some $400 million, the largest single infrastructural project ever undertaken in the history of our nation.

“I acknowledge the contributions of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his administration in continuing with the implementation of the plans which my administration had left in place.”

Vantage Airport Group was awarded a contract by the first Christie administration to transform LPIA into a world-class airport.

Scores of dignitaries and other Bahamians attended the opening last night.

Before Christie spoke, the Grammy award-winning group Baha Men performed.

Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said the opening of the new terminal would have made former Prime Minister the late Sir Lynden Pindling proud.

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