Thursday, November 15, 2018

North Eleuthera Airport – New Manager, New Flights, New Lounge in the Works

Patrick Kemp - North Eleuthera Airport Manager

New Manager at the airport in North Eleuthera (ELH), Mr.Patrick  Kemp, recently gave an update on some of the short term plans for the location for the new season and shared some insight on returning home as a young professional, after being away from the island for more than a decade.  Patrick arrived back home in Eleuthera in March of this year, and took part in an intensive training program in preparation to formally take up his new posting as the Airport Manager in North Eleuthera on May 28th, 2018.

“This place is such an interesting hub, because we have transits coming in from all over.  Just a few weeks ago, an aircraft arrived from Switzerland.  This place is a house to so many different walks of life and there are differing opinions on how the airport should progress.  Some people say, ‘You all need to upgrade this place, it does not meet what you do’, and others that say, ‘We love it just the way it is’,” said Mr. Kemp.

“However, in the interim, we are trying to bring it up to a certain standard,” he added, and continued, “We are about to put on a departure lounge that will be able to seat about 120 people, and will include a snack shop as well.  It is anticipated that the lounge will take three months to construct, at a cost of $175,000.  The new airport will take about two and a half plus years to construct, at a cost of about $40 million, and we are currently scheduled to break ground on that sometime next year.  We are hoping to have the new lounge completed by December of this year, as a ‘band aid fix’ to alleviate the stress of the high traffic expected during the upcoming season.  Read more >>