Traveling to Paradise Island by Airplane

Paradise Island, New Providence's premier resort town, is serviced by the Lynden Pindling International Airport

Paradise Island is almost primarily used by tourists as a grand resort town for those looking for adventure, fun, and a true tropical getaway. The island itself is connected to New Providence by bridge, and most people will begin their vacation by first flying into the local airport before making the 30 minute drive to their accommodations.

At less than an hour away by plane from the state of Florida, the Bahamas is easily accessible by people from the United States. It is probably for this reason that over 80 percent of people who pass through the Lynden Pindling International Airport each year do so from the United States. Still, international flights from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia touchdown at LPIO every day, and tourists from around the world will not have trouble booking a flight with the major commercial airlines that are known to fly to the Bahamas.

Tourists should always be prepared with their passport as well as a secondary form of identification when traveling to the Bahamas, because even though several countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are exempt from presenting their passports for a short stay on the islands, citizens will still need to present their passports to re-enter their home country.

Island Hopping

If you've got some extra time on your hands, chances are you're planning to take a day or two to do some island-hopping. If this is the case, you have two options with regards to how you'll fly. The first is to travel aboard BahamasAir, the most popular domestic airline. They offer flights every day to 14 different islands, and even a few to spots in the United States. With BahamasAir, your flight will be similar to ones booked about commercial airlines, just on a smaller scale, and seats are booked individually.

Your other option is to hire a private charter, also known as a Fixed-Base Operator (FBO). This is a great option if you're traveling with a larger party because you pay for the plane as a whole, rather than per seat. It is also ideal if you want to fly to an island not listed as a destination with BahamasAir.

Private Plane

Private planes are more than welcome to make the journey from Miami to FPIA, so long as they make sure to get all of the proper paperwork in order and follow the appropriate steps. They are as follows:

  • Prepare and file your International Flight Plan.

  • Use Miami radio frequencies 122.2, 122.4, or 126.7 to activate your flight plan.

  • Switch over to Nassau radio frequencies 124.2 or 128.0 when you approach to close out your flight plan.

When you arrive in the Bahamas, you will need to present three copies of the C71 Bahamas Customs form, proof of citizenship, and a Bahamas Immigration Card. Meanwhile, your return to the United States will have some subtle differences. Your to do list will be as follows:

  • Complete a Gen Dec.

  • Turn in a copy of your Immigration Card.

  • File your International Flight Plan at 800-WXBRIEF.

  • Use the Nassau radio frequencies noted above to activate your flight.

  • Listen to WOR 116.7 during your flight.

  • Switch to FDD 126.7 Miami Radio as you approach the city to obtain your discrete transporder code.

  • Close at your flight with 126.7 Miami Radio.

A quick call to the Avian Specialist Department at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will clear up any questions you have about the process. The can be contacted at 800-32-SPORT.

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Getting to Paradise Island from the Airport

Several options exist for tourists who land in New Providence Island and need to get over the bridge to Paradise Island. The first is to rent a car and to drive yourself. If you'll spend your entire trip on Paradise Island, this is not recommended because the area is so tourist-friendly that there are plenty of ways to get around the island without having to driver yourself. Most people choose to hire a taxi. As previously noted, the trip takes 30 minutes and will cost about $32(USD) plus a $1(USD) bridge toll and the cost of a tip. Your final option is to take a $6(USD) ferry from Nassau to Paradise Island. These ferries depart from Prince George Wharf and take 10 minutes to reach Paradise Island. The last option is fun, but will still require a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport.

Getting to Paradise Island by air is one of the easiest options out there, though you'll have to travel about a half an hour after you arrive on New Providence to get there. Even so, it is the most popular transportation choice, and one you should wholeheartedly consider.

If you'll be flying from the U.S. the following information can aid the planning process. Not all flights you will find listed on some websites make a lot of sense so it's useful to realize which airlines offer direct flights 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 chart indicates which airlines have direct service out of Canada.

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

Flying to Paradise Island from the Caribbean

See the following chart for a complete list of air service from other regional airports. If there are no flights from a local airport, connecting through a regional airport may be an excellent option.

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

Getting to Paradise Island by air is one of the easiest options out there, though you'll have to travel about a half an hour after you arrive on New Providence to get there. Even so, it is the most popular transportation choice, and one you should wholeheartedly consider.

 

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