Flying to the Bimini Islands

Direct flights to the Biminis are becoming more common

Because the Biminis are so close to South Florida, they are a top sailing destination and will occasionally welcome a ferry or cruise ship full of tourists to one of the islands.  Still, most people prefer to fly to their vacation destination.  While this prospect was once a difficult one to arrange, the airport on South Bimini continues to expand its reaches and draw more and more flights in every year.

The South Bimini Airport (BIM) is a small facility with just one 5,430 foot long asphalt runway and very few facilities.  Recently, Resorts World Bimini decided to invest in the airport and add lighting fixtures which would allow for night air travel, thus expanding the possibility of flying to this island even further.  

Flying to the Bimini Islands from the US

Although the schedules are constantly changing, there is currently daily air service from two cities in South Florida which require a flight time of only about 25 minutes, as well as from Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas.  

The following chart will tell you which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. The online booking services don't necessarily recognize the least costly options so it can be useful to realize which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.

South Bimini Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Silver Airways, Tropic Ocean Airways, United Airlines

Flying to the Bimini Islands from the Caribbean

Most visitors find it easiest to plan a connecting flight to Florida with one of the airlines listed above, but if you already have plans to visit more than one island in the chain, you might find it to be more affordable to first spend some time Grand Bahama or New Providence Island before heading to the quieter Biminis. 

Check the chart below for air service from other regional airports. Even if there are no flights directly from your favorite airport, taking a connecting flight from a regional airport might prove to be your best option.

South Bimini Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Caribbean MPB Tropic Ocean Airways
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island FPO Flamingo Air, Regional Air, Western Air
New Providence Island, Bahamas NAS SkyBahamas, Western Air

If you fly to South Bimini with plans to stay on North Bimini, be aware that it will take you a $5(USD) cab ride to get to the ferry dock, then another $5(USD) per person will allow you to board and sail over to your final destination.

When you're dealing with islands as secluded as the Biminis, arranging for transportation can be a bit of work, but as more and more improvements continue to be made to the airport, the possibility of farther reaching flights open up as well.  Who knows what the future holds to air travel in the Biminis, but the outlook is good. 

Air Charters

In addition to flying commercial, privately chartered flights can be arranged from South Florida with a pretty significant number of small airlines.  If you're considering a charter, know that prices vary and tend to be more expensive than a commercial flight if you're traveling in a small group, but the convenience of leaving on your schedule is worth the extra cost for many travelers. 

If you are considering the option of an air charter, you can call one of the following regional companies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Air Flight Charters (954) 359-0320 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale
Air Sunshine Main Office (800) 327-8900 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale
Flamingo Air at BIM (242) 351-4963 South Bimini Airport - South Bimini South Bimini
Island Air Charters (800) 444-9904 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale
Monarch Air Group Main Office (877) 359-6732 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale
Regional Air Charter at BIM (242) 347-4115 South Bimini Airport - South Bimini South Bimini
Shoreline Aviation in Miami (800) 468-8639 Miami
Tropic Air Charters (954) 267-0707 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Fort Lauderdale
Watermakers Air (954) 771-0330 Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport - Fort Lauderdale
 

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