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.

Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.

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