Celebrating the start of Bahamasair’s new service between Freeport and Orlando on 22 June were: Victoria Jaramillo, Senior Director of Business Development, Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA); Jerry Harris, Director of Marketing, GOAA; Valentine Grimes, Chairman of Bahamasair; Calvese Russell, Airport Manager, GOAA; and Garfield Johnson, Airport Manager, GOAA.
- Bahamasair on 22 June began a twice-weekly, non-stop service between Freeport (FPO) in Grand Bahama and Orlando (MCO). The 330-kilometre route will be flown by the airline’s new ATR 72s on Wednesdays and Saturdays, though the inaugural flight was operated by one of the carrier’s 737-500s (registration C6-BFE). No other carrier serves this airport pair. The airline already serves Orlando from Nassau with up to three daily flights. Valentine Grimes, Chairman of Bahamasair, said: “The launch of this new service signals our commitment to recapturing our competitive position as the preferred carrier of choice among the local market for travel to and from Florida.” Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, added: “Bahamasair’s decision to launch new service at Orlando is a testament to our long standing and successful 31 year relationship. This new twice-weekly Freeport service will provide our passengers with options to yet another desirable international island destination.” Bahamasair currently operates over 20 routes, mostly from its main base at Nassau, using a fleet of three 737-500s and three recently acquired ATRs (in November 2015, March 2016 and May 2016) which have been used to replace Q400s. Two more ATRs will be joining the fleet this year, completing an order for five aircraft (two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s) that was placed at the Paris Air Show in 2015. See how Orlando Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.