How to Reach New Providence Island by Airplane

The busiest airport in the Bahamas is located on New Providence Island

Although there are several options that allow tourists to get to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Islands, flying proves to be the fastest and easiest choice every time. You can also commonly find promotions and package deals to make it the cheapest option on a regular basis as well. As you begin to plan your trip to New Providence, the busiest island amongst tourists, here is your chance to learn what flying here entails.

...do a little island-hopping...

 

Home to one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, New Providence Island is a popular place for tourist to fly into. As an international airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport welcomes commercial jets from around the world on a daily basis, though 80 percent of people who fly in are from the United States. Those returning to the United States after vacationing in the Bahamas will be happy to learn that this airport is a US Pre-clearance Facility. This means they can go through Customs and Immigration before leaving the Bahamas and not have to do it again when they touch down in the United States.

Island Hopping

After arriving on New Providence, many tourists plan to make the most of their vacation and do a little island-hopping. If this sounds appealing to you, you'll be able to charter a flight aboard a private plane to one of the 60 other domestic airlines and air strips in the Bahamas. Here, these private charters as known as Fixed-Base Operators (FBOs).

In addition to the FBOs, BahamasAir serves as the official domestic airline offering flights to 14 destinations in the Bahamas on a regular basis, and even a few flights from the United States.

Private Planes

The Bahamas is a unique destination in the Caribbean because it welcomes private planes to make the journey to the island. Most private fliers will fly their small air crafts from Florida in the United States, which is less than an hour away.

If you'll be flying your own plane to the Bahamas, you'll need to file an International Flight Plan, then activate it on Miami Radio's frequencies 122.2, 122.4, or 126.7. As you come in close to the Bahamas, you'll close out your flight plan on Nassau radio frequencies 124.2 or 128.0. In order to enter the islands, every passenger must be in possession of the following:

  • Three of the C7A Bahamas Customs form.

  • Bahamas Immigration Card.

  • Proof of citizenship.

A few other important factors to keep in mind include the following:

  • Every passenger must be in possession of a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

  • The landing fee and tie down fees are waved for single engine private planes under 6,000 pounds at any government-owned airport. Private airports and air strips reserve the right to charge these fees.

  • Private air crafts will not be required to pay Overtime Customs and Immigration Fees if they are visiting for recreational purposes.

  • Fuel is not available on every island, but is never more than 20 minutes away by air.

  • Lighted runways at the Lynden Pindling International Airport as well as the Grand Bahama International Airport on Grand Bahama allow for night landings. All other arrivals and departures must take place during daylight.

To return back to the United States, you will need to complete a Gen Dec and turn in a copy of your Immigration Card. You'll file your International Flight Plan at 800-WXBRIEF, and you will need to make U.S. Customs aware of your flight. Activate your flight with the Nassau radio frequencies mentioned above, and listen to VOR 116.7. At least 15 minutes before you touchdown in Miami, you'll receive a discrete transponder code from FSS 126.7 Miami Radio, and you'll close your flight plan with Miami Radio or the U.S. Customs Office at 800-WXBRIEF.

If you have any questions about flying to these isles, contact the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism at 800-32-SPORT and ask to speak to the Aviation Specialist.

The following chart tells you which airlines offer scheduled service directly from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. Online booking engines don't always know about the least costly options so it can be helpful to see which airlines provide direct service to this location.

Lynden Pindling International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran, US Airways
Detroit, MI, USA DTW KLM, US Airways
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Bahamasair, Jet Blue, SkyBahamas
Manchester, NH, USA MHT US Airways
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Eagle, Bahamasair
New Orleans, LA, USA MSY US Airways
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Bahamasair, Jet Blue
St. Louis, MO, USA STL US Airways
West Palm Beach, FL, USA PBI Bahamasair
Windsor Locks, CT, USA BDL US Airways

This list indicates airline companies that offer direct service from the Great White North.

Lynden Pindling International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

Flying to New Providence Island from the Caribbean

Check the following table for scheduled air service from airports in the region. If there are no flights from an airport near you, making a connection through a regional airport might be a viable solution.

Lynden Pindling International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Abaco, Bahamas MHH Abaco Air, Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air
Abaco, Bahamas TCB Bahamasair
Acklins, Bahamas AXP Bahamasair
Acklins, Bahamas CRI Bahamasair
Andros, Bahamas COX Performance Air, Western Air
Andros, Bahamas MAY Flamingo Air, Performance Air
Andros, Bahamas SAQ Western Air
Cat Island, Bahamas ATC SkyBahamas
Cat Island, Bahamas CAT SkyBahamas
Eleuthera, Bahamas ELH Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Eleuthera, Bahamas GHB Bahamasair
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island FPO Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air
Georgetown, Grand Cayman GCM British Airways
Great Exuma, Bahamas GGT Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Havana, Cuba HAV Bahamasair
Inagua, Bahamas IGA Bahamasair
Kingston, Jamaica KTP Caribbean Airlines
Long Island, Bahamas LGI Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Long Island, Bahamas SML Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Mayaguana, Bahamas MYG Bahamasair
Normans Cay, Bahamas NMC Performance Air
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands PLS Bahamasair, British Airways, Intercaribbean Airways
Rock Sound, Eleuthera RSD Bahamasair
San Salvador, Bahamas ZSA Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Staniel Cay, Bahamas TYM Flamingo Air, Performance Air
the Bahamas MYE3 Flamingo Air
the Bahamas MYEB Flamingo Air
the Berry Islands, Bahamas GHC SkyBahamas
the Bimini Islands, Bahamas BIM SkyBahamas, Western Air

Whether you fly commercial or private, the trip to the Bahamas is the fastest one you'll make to the Caribbean from anywhere in the United States. Because of this, it is a hugely popular destination, and as the location of the main international airport, New Providence has become a tourism Mecca. After booking your initial flight, you'll need to decide if you'll stay here during the entirety of your vacation or if you'll need to make arrangements to visit any of the quieter Out Islands.

 

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