Most international flights to the Bahamas connect through airports in Florida, New York, Charlotte, or Atlanta. The busiest airport in the Bahamas is in Nassau, which has the most connections to the more remote Out Islands. If you're traveling to these more remote islands, you might have to make a connection in both Florida and Nassau—and you still may have to take a ferry or a water taxi to your final destination.
A direct flight from New York City to Nassau takes approximately three hours. The flight from Charlotte to Nassau is two hours, and the flight from Miami to Nassau takes about an hour. Most flights between the islands of the Bahamas take less than an hour. You'll probably spend more time on the ground waiting than in the air.
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The major gateways to the Bahamas include Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) on New Providence Island, and Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) on Grand Bahama Island. There are no hotels near either airport.
Grand Bahama International Airport (242/352–2205.)
Lynden Pindling International Airport (242/702–1000.)
Air service to the Bahamas varies seasonally, with the biggest choice of flights usually available in the Christmas to Easter window.
Local carriers come and go, especially in the Out Islands, which are served mostly by smaller commuter and charter operations. Schedules change frequently. The smallest cays may have scheduled service only a few days a week. In the Out Islands, ask your hotel for flight recommendations, as they are likely to have the most up-to-date information on carriers and schedules; some can even help you book air travel.
American Airlines (800/433–7300.)
Delta Airlines (800/221–1212.)
Spirit Airlines (800/772–7117.)
US Airways (800/428–4322.)
Bahamasair (800/222–4262. 242/342–4140.)
Cherokee Air (242/367–1920. www.cherokeeair.com.)
Flamingo Air (242/225–1558. www.flamingoairbah.com.)
Florida Coastal Air (954/990–1700 or 888/596–9247. www.flyfca.net.)
Golden Wings Charter (242/377–0039. www.goldenwingscharter.com.)
Locair (954/359–3001. www.locair.net.)
Performance Air (242/341–3281. www.performance-air.com.)
Pineapple Air (242/377–0412. www.pineappleair.com.)
Sky Bahamas (242/377–8993 or 954/357–0696. www.skybahamas.net.)
Southern Air (242/377–2014. www.southernaircharter.com.)
Twin Air Calypso (954/359–8266. ww.flytwinair.com.)