Bahamasair is the national airline of the Bahamas with its headquarters located in the capital, Nassau. The airlines flies to over 30 destinations across the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States from its base at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS).
The airline was established in 1973 and it's main purpose as the National Flag carrier is to provide an ‘Essential Service’ bridging Nassau, the nation’s capital and the remote Family of Islands. The national carrier was incorporated under the name Bahamasair Holdings Limited and resulted from the amalgamation of two privately-owned carriers, Out Island Airways and Flamingo Airways. The airline remains wholly owned by the Bahamas Government. In December 1975, Bahamasair inaugurated scheduled services to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Recently, in 2001, Bahamasair inaugurated scheduled service to Havana, Cuba and in 2004 started flights to Santo Domingo.
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Bahamasair has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage.
Bahamasair allow one personal item, for example, a handbag or camera case, alongside a carry-on bag. The two items combined must not exceed 55cm x 35cm x 22cm (22 x 14 x 9 inches), and 9kg (20 lbs) in weight. These two items apply for both international and domestic flights.
Prohibited items must not be stored in the carry-on baggage. All carry-on items are subjected to airport security checks including any fluid exceeding 100mls.
Bahamas Air allow passengers one checked bag free of charge. This must be 157cm (62 inches) or less, when combining the length, width and height dimensions. It can not exceed 32kg (50 lbs) in weight. Any additional bags to the one free bag is charged at a fee.
If you wish to add excess baggage to your booking, you can add it when you book with Alternative Airlines. Adding excess baggage online is usually cheaper than buying it at the airport.
Bahamasair's customers only have the option of Economy class for their flights.
The airline offers a warm and friendly service, carried out by the airline's professionally trained cabin crew.
The airline doesn't offer in-flight entertainment, but there may be a magazine to read onboard.
Seats are set out in either a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 configuration, with plenty of legroom and space for each passenger.
Bahamasair does not provide in-flight entertainment.
Unfortunately, Wifi service is not available on Bahamasair flights.
Bahamasair have check in available both online or at the airport.
To complete online check-in, you'd need your travel information and passenger details.
You're advised to check-in online before arriving at the airport as it saves time queuing at the airport. Once online check-in is completed, you'd obtain your boarding pass for boarding and security.
If you wish to check-in at the airport for your flight, you must do so at least two hours before the scheduled departure time. This applies to both domestic and international flights.
If you're late for airport check-in, the airline reserves the right to refuse you to board. Please check-in before the scheduled check-in time.
At Alternative Airlines, we advise you to arrive 2 hours before for domestic flights and 3 hours before the scheduled departure time for international flights. You should always report directly to the airline check-in counters. The designated check-in area is located on the departure information board.
The airline operates a frequent flyer program called Bahamasair Flyer to reward regular passengers.
Bahamasair does not offer many special service's onboard their flights.
If you or any other passenger in your booking requires a wheelchair or other special assistance please contact Alternative Airlines. We'll contact the airline and make them aware that you will require wheelchair assistance. You can also request wheelchair assistance at the airport on the day of your flight.
Bahamasair makes sure that all its passengers are as comfortable as possible - the airline blocks a limited number of seats on each airport to accommodate customers who identify themselves as having a disability.
Current scheduled flight services to over 30 regional destinations around the US, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
Current domestic routes out of Nassau include airlift into Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Crooked Island, Acklins, Mayaguana, Inagua, San Salvador and Long Island in October 2016. Currently, International routes that are operated include Florida – Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. Other international routes include The Turks & Caicos and Havana, Cuba.
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Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) is the biggest airport in the Bahamas and is located near the capital of Nassau. It was originally known as Nassau International Airport, but changed its name to its current state in 2006. In 2014, it handled over 3 million passengers, and it has two serving runways.
Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) offers a selection of duty-free stores and a range of restaurants that feature local flavours. The airport also has a place where you can sit back and relax whilst you wait to be called for your gate. Enjoy free WIFI, watch TV or catch the last few rays of the Bahamian sun on the outdoor patios.
Lyden Pindling International Airport is a hub for BahamasAir as well as Western Air and Pineapple Air. Other airlines that fly to the airport include American Airlines, Delta, Cubana de Aviacion, JetBlue Airways, Copa Airlines, Pineapple Air and Silver Airways.
The Bahamasair fleet includes three ATR 42-600, two ATR 72-600, two Boeing 737-500, and one Boeing 737-700 aircraft.