The new international arrivals terminals opened at Lynden Pindling Airport in Nassau.
The first visitors through the new facility arrived on Oct. 16 on a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, and no longer had to endure the long walk to immigration.
The 226,000-square-foot facility includes four retail locations, four restaurants and lounges, six hotel reception desks and a modern baggage system.
The international arrivals terminal is the second stage of a three-stage, $409 million redevelopment of the Bahamas' largest airport.
Th first stage of the redevelopment, a new U.S. departures terminal, opened in March 2011. The final stage, a new terminal for domestic and international departures and domestic arrivals, is scheduled to open in fall 2013.
When completed, the new airport will be able to handle 5 million passengers per year, up from its current capacity of 3 million passengers.
Capacity for large aircraft also will increase to accommodate up to 12 U.S. aircraft compared with five at present, with six additional positions for more international aircraft.
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