Tourists planning a trip to Freeport can fly directly into the city thanks to the fact that the island's major international airport is located within city limits. Flying is the fastest and most convenient option for most travelers, and remains hugely popular.
Located in the town of Freeport, the Grand Bahama International Airport is the most popular entry point for tourists staying on Grand Bahama during their tropical getaway. The airport is privately owned by Huthinson Port Holdings and the Port Group, and is set on 741 acres of land that is used jointly with the Freeport Harbour Company Limited. The airport features 11,020 feet by 151 feet of runway, and is fully capable of welcoming the largest air crafts flying today.
Grand Bahama International is serviced by number of international carriers, with direct flights from Europe, Canada, and the United States landing here on a daily basis. Domestic flights,usually from Nassau International Airport also make the trip to this airport, allowing tourists to island hop and see more of the Bahamas than if they stuck to just one island.
Grand Bahama International is also one of two airports in the Bahamas that offers U.S. Border Pre-Clearance, which means that if you pass through customs here, you will not be required to do so again once you hit U.S. soil.
Grand Bahama International Airport is not the only airport on Grand Bahama: West End Airport is located on the extreme west point of the island, about a half an hour away from Freeport. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and although it rarely sees anything other than cargo planes fly in, it is worth mentioning as an option.
If you're flying from the states this table may be useful. Online booking engines don't consistently know about the best options so it can be helpful to know which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.
|Dayton, OH, USA||DAY||US Airways|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, SkyBahamas, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Eagle, Silver Airways|
Domestic flights make up a good deal of air traffic in and out of Grand Bahama International Airport, as tourists fly between Grand Bahama and New Providence Island as well as many of the out islands aboard smaller charter planes.
Check below for scheduled air service from airports in the region. If you can't take a flight directly from your favorite airport, a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport might prove to be a very good solution.
|Abaco, Bahamas||MHH||Flamingo Air, Regional Air, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|Andros, Bahamas||SAQ||Regional Air|
|Eleuthera, Bahamas||ELH||Regional Air, SkyBahamas|
|Eleuthera, Bahamas||GHB||Regional Air|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|the Bahamas||WKR||Regional Air|
|the Bimini Islands, Bahamas||BIM||Flamingo Air, Regional Air, Western Air|
Before you book your flight to Grand Bahama, it is important to know what you're getting into. Luckily, the international airport here is well kept, easy to reach, and highly recommended, so you'll never have to worry if you've made the right choice with regards to getting to the Bahamas.
If you're thinking about an air charter, you can contact one of the following regional agencies:
|(242) 367-1900||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|(242) 351-4963||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|(242) 351-7107||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
|(242) 332-3240||Grand Bahama International Airport - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) Northwest of Freeport|
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