How do you get to paradise? Well, families planning their annual getaway appreciate that a life of travel brings the beautiful views of winglets, windows and more. Headquartered in Nassau, Bahamasair Holdings Limited (Bahamasair) is the national flag carrier or airline of the Bahamas. It was established and started operations on 17 June 1973 as a product of a newly established Independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The mandate was to provide a safe and reliable mode of air transportation throughout the archipelagic nation and internationally. The National Flag carrier’s purpose was to provide an ‘Essential Service’ bridging Nassau, the nation’s capital and the remote Family of Islands.
Simultaneously, Bahamasair was to mitigate the volatility of the country’s heavy reliance upon foreign carriers and its impact on Tourism, the country’s main industry. Bahamasair resulted from the amalgamation of two privately owned carriers, Out Island Airways, and Flamingo Airways.
The airline remains wholly owned by the Bahamas Government and operates scheduled services to 32 domestic and regional destinations in the Caribbean and the United States from its base at Lynden Pindling International Airport.
- First flight – 18 June 1973, to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
- December 1975, Bahamasair inaugurated scheduled service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- 1976 began service to Orlando Florida.
- 1979, Bahamasair acquires 4 new BAE 748 turbo-props to replace the FH-227.
- December 1979 scheduled service inaugurated to Atlanta Georgia, the first US destination outside Florida.
- 1980 Bahamasair acquires the B737-200 to replace the BAC 1-11 Jet.
- Throughout the 1980s, Bahamasair added more destinations to the route structure including West Palm Beach, Tampa, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
- 1984 Bahamasair hires its first female pilot, Patrice Clarke-Washington, who goes on to become the first female African-American major airline captain at UPS on the DC-8.
- 1990 the airline adds 2 B727s to the fleet following the collapse of Eastern Airlines. The aircraft was leased to provide flights for the Bahamas Express Casino Junkets program. Under this program flights operated between Freeport and six alternate U.S. cities.
- 1990 Bahamasair was the launch customer for the 50 seat De Havilland Dash 8-300 series, which replaced the BAE 748’s.
- 1996 Bahamasair inaugurated scheduled service to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
- 2001 Bahamasair inaugurates scheduled service to Havana, Cuba.
- 2004 Bahamasair inaugurated scheduled service to Santo Domingo, DR.
- Currently, International routes include Florida – Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. Other current international routes include The Turks & Caicos and Havana, Cuba.
Covering the Islands
Vacationers often feel safer when traveling with someone who knows a lot about the destination, such as a local. Current domestic routes out of Nassau include airlift into Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Crooked Island, Acklins, Mayaguana, Inagua, San Salvador and Long Island.
And according to their slogan, “We don’t just fly there, we live there”, the airline is proudly laying claim to their turf.
If you’ve been dreaming about the Bahamas (who hasn’t?), you might have just stumbled upon a Bahamasair itinerary. Their frequent flyer program, BAHAMASAIR FLYER, will give you a great excuse to vacation in the Bahamas again! But before you travel, be reminded of their baggage rates.
Both the Country and Airline celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the short flight back in time as we look from whence we came.
However, as of July 2016, the Bahamasair fleet consists of the following aircraft:
Accidents and Incidents
As of the year 2017, Bahamasair has never suffered a fatal accident since its founding in 1973. However, three aircraft have been lost in non-fatal accidents and a weather event.
Administration Office Hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sales Offices Hours:
- Monday – Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
- Sunday: Closed
Reservations Department Office Hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30am -7:00pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 1:00pm
- Reservations: 1-242-702-4140
- Toll-free from the United States: 1-800-222-4262
- Toll-Free Family Islands: 1-242-300-8359
- Customer Service: 702-4150/4151
The Islands of The Bahamas have something for the whole family. Join the in-flight experience aboard our modern airplanes and the domestic and international airports that they fly from each day.
When you arrive, have fun together on one of our many family-friendly beaches, including boat trips, snorkeling, and more. Or enjoy beachside pampering while your kids play in the sand. Share The Bahamas together and you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
Download the step-by-step guide to setting up affordable family vacations on autopilot.
Question: When flying with small children, how do you keep them entertained? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.