Southwest Airlines has announced that it will increase airlift to The Bahamas with daily service from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau beginning August 7th.
The announcement came at the Routes Americas Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico recently.
Representing the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism was Senior Director of Airlift Development Tyrone Sawyer and General Manager of Airlift Development Faye Cash.
This year’s Routes Americas was filled with almost nonstop 20-minute appointments.
“The Islands of The Bahamas made some significant recent strides in the area of airlift development,” said Mr. Sawyer.
“Firstly, the Ministry of Tourism –with our Industry partners – in a period of uncertainty, was able to work closely with key airline partners to ensure a healthy balance between airline seats serving Nassau/Paradise Island and the available hotel room inventory. Meanwhile, we were able to partner with Sunwing Airlines to grow the amount of scheduled seats to Grand Bahama Island from key U.S. gateways this Summer/Fall.”
Airlift has also grown in the Family Islands with new nonstop access to Abaco and Eleuthera from Atlanta via Delta Air Lines, and from Miami to San Salvador via American Airlines.
Mr. Sawyer said Routes has proven to be a good venue to advance the country’s airlift prospects.
“Most of the key airline partners were all in one place at the same time, making the forum to be very efficient,” he said.
“At the same time, The Bahamas’ team was able to meet with prospective airline partners not serving The Islands Of The Bahamas and explore new route development opportunities.”