FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Island welcomes the opening of its $30 million international airport terminal June 2, the first U.S. Customs pre-clearance facility to be built after 9/11.

The new terminal, designed to meet customs and border protection standards required by the Dept. of Homeland Security, will be used for international arrivals and U.S. departures.

Facilities include 12 customs booths, advanced luggage scanning machines, a $1.5 million baggage facility, 22 ticket counters, shops, Internet kiosks and restaurants. The 11,000-foot-long runway, resurfaced for $5.5 million, can accommodate the largest planes now in service.

The Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya, a partner with the Grand Bahama Airport Co. in the airport project, will offer a VIP reception lounge and other guest services.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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