Bahamasair has tapped into a new market with the introduction of its weekly direct service from Nassau, Bahamas to Houston, Texas. The national flag carrier now has the ability to bring travelers directly from the Southwest United States to The Bahamas via the busy Houston hub.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston also serves as a global gateway to more than 70 international destinations, and sees a record number of international passengers each year, which Bahamasair now has access to.
IAH General Manager Theodore Kitchens said more than 10.7 million travelers passed through the airport in 2016, with more than 3.5 million of them travelling to the Caribbean.
“Bush Intercontinental airport is the only airport in North America to have non-stop service to all six continents on the globe. Here at Bush airport, passengers have a packed menu of both domestic and international destinations to choose from. Bahamasair is a fantastic addition to the roster of quality airlines providing service to those great leisure destinations,” Kitchens said.
The inaugural flight received a grand send off from IAH on Thursday morning, where dignitaries from The Bahamas and Houston gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bahamasair Chairman, Orville “Tommy” Turnquest pledged that the airline will provide great service and an excellent customer experience.
“As we launch this route, we trust that the travelling public will consider Bahamasair as their first choice when travelling to and from The Bahamas from Houston. We are satisfied that we are ready to meet the challenge to grow this route exponentially,” he said.
The first Bahamasair flight from Houston transported 115 passengers to the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau on Thursday, where the aircraft was welcomed home in grand style, and visitors were treated to a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo welcome.
Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, was on the ground at LPIA to greet passengers of the historic flight.
“The Ministry of Tourism believes that there is a pivotal role to be played by Bahamasair in the development of tourism to our country. With Bahamasair offering attractive promotional airfares from prime tourism markets, it increases the attractiveness of our destination, and along with it, our ability to achieve air stopover arrival growth,” Minister D’Aguilar said.
The Boeing 737-500 will leave Houston at 8am on Thursdays and Sundays, and leave Nassau at 4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays, giving visitors enough time to make connecting flights to any of the beautiful Islands of The Bahamas.
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