BHA President Says No Long Term Affect From New Airport Fees

The Bahamas Hotel Association's (BHA) president yesterday echoed the Government's position on proposed Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) fee increases, saying he did not believe this would have "too great an impact" on Bahamian resort occupancy levels.

Robert Sands, who is also Baha Mar's senior vice-president of external and government affairs, acknowledged that while the fee increases "go against" the sector's Companion Fly Free programme and initiatives to reduce air transport costs, there were no short-term alternatives to financing the airport's $409.5 million redevelopment.

Mr Sands told Tribune Business that the fee increases, which are scheduled to take effect from January 1, 2011, could be a case of "short-term pain for long-term gain", given the need to upgrade LPIA to a world-class facility and traveller experience.

Source: The Tribune