NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamasair Chairman Tommy Turnquest said yesterday that he is confident the airline is prepared to resume its domestic flight schedule today.
“I’ve been told that we are ready to go,” Turnquest told Eyewitness News.
“We’re only flying the ATRs because we are only going to the Family Islands.”
Turnquest advised that the airline currently has five ATR aircraft – four of which are currently operational – waiting to be utilized for flights.
He said the fifth aircraft had an engine out for quite some time, prior to the pandemic, and they would have recently received it back to get it ready for servicing passengers.
He said that the aircraft is expected to be ready by today, or shortly thereafter.
“We’ve spent a considerable amount of time being ready for a time such as this,” Turnquest continued.
“…We think that the demand is going to be very soft because you have to have a COVID-19 test leaving out of Nassau.
“So other than bringing people from the Family Islands, we don’t think that there is going to be many people going to hang out in the Family Islands to quarantine for 14-days.”
He noted however that he is confident that the airline is prepared to resume services.
On Monday, the airline announced the resumption of domestic services and advised that flights are presently available for purchase.
All passengers leaving Nassau are reminded that they must be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test – taken within 5 days of their travel date – and must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to their destination.
The resumption of services comes just over six weeks after the prime minister announced the discontinuation of inter-island travel, among other restrictive measures as the country began seeing an exponential surge in coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced a range of eased restrictions to the latest emergency orders, including the removal of the need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test when traveling from Grand Bahama.