Local firms taking precedence at Bahamas airport

The National Airport Development Company (NAD) hasn’t begun issuing contracts for renovations planned at Lynden Pindling (Nassau) International (NAS) in Nassau, but when it does Bahamian firms will get first preference in bidding, according to the Nassau Guardian.

NAD is a government-owned corporation with a 30-year lease to operate, maintain and develop NAD. So far the company has come up with a basic design plan. It expects to approach the Bahamian cabinet soon for approval. Once that process is complete NAD will move forward with the contract process, the Guardian reported.

Craig Richmond, the company’s president and CEO, told the paper that there will be plenty of work for many contractors though he expressed a preference for working with a single architect. Barring delays he expects the opening of the first terminal in March 2010 with project completion in 2012.

The renovation plans were introduced earlier this year by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. They are designed to transform NAS into a state-of-the-art 21st century traveling facility that will allow the Bahamas to compete with all other tourism destinations.