Domestic rates see increase
First checked bag no longer free on int’l flights
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamasair, the country’s national flag carrier, announced today there will be changes to domestic fares and baggage fees effective January 4, 2021.
The cost of domestic flights will be increasing, the company announced, stating: “The airline has not had a domestic fare increase in the past eight years, and these adjustments have become necessary due to increase[d] operational costs.”
A chart provided by Bahamasair reflected the new fares that will take effect.
Additionally, the first checked bag on international flights, including flights to and from the US, Cuba, Haiti and Turks & Caicos, will now be charged at a cost of $25.
Previously, the first checked bag was free.
Fees for the second, third and more checked baggage remained the same.
“The adjustments to baggage fees allow the airline to better conform with industry standards,” the company noted.
“Customers are reminded that tickets can still be used for future travel and change fees will be waived through May 31, 2021.”
Newly appointed Minister of State for Finance J Kwasi Thompson hinted at the changes to come earlier this month when the government’s Fiscal Strategy Report was released, as he noted the government was considering cost-recovery measures for Bahamasair and the Water and Sewerage Corporation.
“In the case of Bahamasair, which has also been a significant drain on the public purse, the government has accepted the board’s recommendation to undertake in short order, the necessary fare adjustments and operational changes that will eliminate the need for reliance on government subsidies over time,” Thompson said at the time.
“This will allow the airline to become more competitive as it pursues full cost recovery.”
As the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a harsh blow on travel around the globe, Bahamasair Chairman Tommy Turnquest in October noted the airline’s dire financial situation.
The company’s statement today stressed, however, that it remains focused on health and safety as travel gets back into swing.
“Health and safety are, and always will be, paramount at Bahamasair,” the statement read.
“We remain committed to adhering to the best local and international aviation and medical standards, and we thank the traveling public for making us the airline of choice as we connect you to the islands of The Bahamas.”