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Flights Grounded On Sunday Morning After A/C Issues

The Lynden Pindling International Airport.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

FLIGHTS in and out of Lynden Pindling International Airport were grounded Sunday after air traffic controllers were forced out of their tower by a malfunctioning air conditioning unit.

Two flights were ultimately rerouted to Florida, due to the stoppage.

Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar on Sunday confirmed that operations were suspended around 10.30am after conditions in the tower became “unbearable.”

He said the issue with the A/C unit came as a result of “spikes in voltage” at the airport, which, he said, had been happening for the last few days.

“For the last couple of days, I’m not sure the exact length of time, there have been some spikes in the voltage at the airport and in the last day or so, it has resulted in some further issues,” Mr D’Aguilar told The Tribune.

“The air-conditioner in the tower failed at some point last evening (Saturday). Obviously, today being quite a long day, attempts were made to get a contractor out to see if the system could be mobilised. The attempt, it being Sunday and all, was unsuccessful,” he added.

Mr D’Aguilar said officials were, however, able to lean on technicians from the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), who were already at the facility, working on issues in the terminals.

Those technicians, according to Mr D’Aguilar, were able to address the problem and the facility was re-opened in just over 30 minutes.

“As we speak, the tower is back open and flights will be able to resume their schedules in a bit; I estimate (around noon),” he said.

“We just need to clear the backlog, and we will have planes back in route as soon as we get that done.”

Meanwhile, Keith Major, representative from the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority, confirmed that as a part of the stoppage just two flights had to be rerouted to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

He told The Tribune that by 11am local time, services resumed for all arrivals en route to LPIA.

Subsequently, at 11.35am, LPIA had returned to its full operation schedule.

“There were some minor setbacks, but once we got everyone back on board, things quickly returned to normal,” he said.

Comments

tell_it_like_it_is 1 year, 1 month ago

Okay... so they had to 'ground flights', before they figured out they could get NAD technicians to fix the issue in 30 minutes?
You sure you guys don't be making this stuff up? It's almost too silly to be real! SMH

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ohdrap4 1 year, 1 month ago

more than likely these in-house fellas sit around saying it is not their job, but rather the contractor job.

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rawbahamian 1 year, 1 month ago

Conditions had become unbearable before someone thought to call the N.A.D. technicians??? And these are the air traffic controllers !!! This is scary.

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DillyTree 1 year ago

How about just opening the damn windows? And do it before it becomes "unbearable"!

And if the A/C people were able to fix it in 30 minutes, why not call them a lot sooner, or work through the 30 minutes instead of grounding and diverting flights?

Or is this one of the air traffic controller's practice runs for some upcoming "go slows"?

Absurd to think how we managed before air conditioning...

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OldFort2012 1 year ago

Total Banana Republic.

A bunch of incompetents, the lot of them.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year ago

With Minnis being the supreme incompetent one of the entire bunch!

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xtreme2x 1 year ago

Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar on Sunday confirmed that operations were suspended around *10.30am after conditions in the tower became “unbearable*.

DO THE TOWER HAVE WINDOWS TO OPEN? IT WAS FIXED IN 30 MINUTES!!!??? WOW... WE NEED SOMEONE WITH REGAN THINKING AT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER

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bogart 1 year ago

DUH....if it been known that "spikes in voltage " been happening for da past few days........an....an....an......erryone knows fully well ....ya dont wait ...an wait ...an wait ....an wait....to fix da toilet paper when ya see the roll only gats a few piece left...an....an you is in a intolerable condition.......mudda tek sic dred...!!!!

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DDK 1 year ago

Hopeless. One bunch of foolishness after the next. That was two flights too many rerouted.

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birdiestrachan 1 year ago

The man is more fluff than substance

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