Bahamas Air starts Flights across East Coast

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Nonstop Flights For Nonstop Grand Bahama Fun

Bahamas Air will begin non-stop flights from Baltimore (BWI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Louisville (SDF), Raleigh/Durham (RDU), and Richmond (RIC) to Freeport (FPO) Grand Bahamas Island.

In fact, you may have seen the commercials on television, or heard advertisements on the radio already, if you live in one of these markets.  Once aboard your Bahamas Air flight, it’s a mere two to three hours to the island nation.

Get packing as flights begin on May 17.

Aside from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) which has daily service, the schedule is as follows:

  • Baltimore (BWI) to/from Grand Bahama Island/Freeport (FPO) – Thursdays & Sundays
  • Louisville (SDF) to/from Grand Bahama Island/Freeport (FPO) – Thursdays & Sundays
  • Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to/from Grand Bahama Island/Freeport (FPO) – Fridays & Mondays
  • Richmond (RIC) to/from Grand Bahama Island/Freeport (FPO) – Fridays & Mondays

Bahamas Air operates a small fleet of Boeing 737-200 classic aircraft, but it is not known at this time if they will continue using the older Boeing 737-200’s or if they’ve acquired some newer, leased aircraft.  However, it’s important to note there is nothing wrong with older aircraft that are properly maintained, the 737-200 series is a fuel inefficient aircraft which you don’t see very often in today’s environment.

While the nonstops are nice, do your research to find the best deal possible.  Is Nassau or one of the resorts like Atlantis better suited for you and your family?

Most of these cities at one point had non-stop service with Vision Airlines, which is being discontinued the beginning of May to allow for their new Myrtle Beach operations.  We believe loads must have been sufficient for Bahamas Air to pick-up and resume services, yet find it interesting Vision Airlines has pulled out of Freeport for Myrtle Beach.

US passport’s are required of US citizens for air travel to the Bahamas.  When returning to the United States, Freeport International Airport (FPO) has a staff of employees from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which live and work on the island.

We suggest you arrive for your return flight early, as you will be subject to US Immigration and US Customs/Agriculture checks at the US Federal Inspection Station manned by US CBP employees, prior to boarding you flight back to the United States.  The pre-clearance facility allows flights to airports in the United States where there is not a Federal Inspection Station.

In the end, it’ll be interesting to see how the yields are with these non-stop flights and if they’ll last in the current economy.

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