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The Bahamas is an independent state in the West Indies and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Bahamas comprise an archipelago of about 700 islands and islets and nearly 2400 cays and rocks, extending for about 1200 km (about 750 mi) from a point southeast of Palm Beach, Florida, to a point off the eastern tip of Cuba. The Biminis, the westernmost of the group, are about 97 km (about 60 mi) east of Miami, Florida. Only about 40 of the islands are inhabited. New Providence is economically the most important of the group and contains more than half of the Bahamas' total population. The other chief islands, all of which are low-lying, include Acklins, Andros, Cat, Crooked, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Great Inagua, Harbour, Long, Mayaguana, and San Salvador (Watling). The capital of the islands is Nassau, on New Providence. The only other large town is Freeport, on Grand Bahama.

Latest updates

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline : dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

September 12, 2016

Junkanoo Air commenced commercial freight operations on 30Aug2016 [status change]

June 20, 2014

Destination Airlink Bahamas status changed to Began? as airline does not expect to launch [update]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Abaco Air   

Active 1975* - date

^ Comments : Abaco Air was formed in 1975. Scheduled and charter airline of the Bahamas

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^ Airline Code : -- : MHH

Air Bahama   

Inactive 1974 - 1981

^ Comments : Air Bahama started operations as International Air Bahama on 20Jul1968 & ceased on 18May1981

^ Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama

^ Airline Code : IW : ---

Air Hibiscus*   

Unsure 1976 - 1976

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Airstream Airlines   

Unsure 2000* - 2000*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Bahamas Air Ferries   

Unsure 1998* - 1998*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Bahamas Airways   

Inactive 1949* - 1970

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Bahamas World Airways   

Inactive 1971 - 1982

^ Comments : Bahamas World Airways was founded in 1968. Nassau based carrier

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^ Airline Code : WQ : ---

Bahamasair   

Active 1973 - date

^ Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Goverment and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways

^ Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair

^ Airline Code : UP : BHS

Caribbean Air Charters   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Caribbean International Airways   

Unsure 1953* - 1953*

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Cat Island Air   

Inactive 1997^ - 2011*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Cherokee Air   

Active 1987* - date

^ Comments : Cherokee Air was formed in 1987

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Colony Airlines   

Unsure 1969* - 1969*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Congo Air   

Inactive 1999* - 1999*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Destination Airlink Bahamas   

Not started (2014)

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^ Airline Code : AL : DLB

EFS Bahamas   

Inactive 1976* - 1977*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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^ Airline Code : EJ : ---

Flamingo Air   

Active 2004* - date

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Flamingo Airlines   

Renamed 1971* - 1973

^ Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Goverment and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways

^ Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair

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Golden Wings Charter   

Active 2000^ - date

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Grand Bahama Island (Airlines)   

Unsure 1998* - 2001*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Helda Air   

Inactive 1981* - 1990

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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International Air Bahama   

Renamed 1968 - 1974

^ Comments : Air Bahama started operations as International Air Bahama on 20Jul1968 & ceased on 18May1981

^ Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama

^ Airline Code : IW : ---

Junkanoo Air   

Active 2016 - date

^ Comments : Junkanoo Air plans to connect Bahamas with destinations across South Florida using a pair of Piper PA-31 Navajo freighters. Commenced commercial freight operations on 30Aug2016

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Kwin Air   

Inactive 1973* - 1988

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Laker Airways Bahamas   

Inactive 1992* - 2004

^ Comments : Laker Airways Bahamas was founded in 1992

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^ Airline Code : 7Z : LBH

Leair Charter   

Active 1995^ - date

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Lucaya Air   

Renamed 1986* - 1986*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

^ Genealogy : >Unknown

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Lucaya Beach Air Service   

Unsure 1973* - 1983*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Major's Air Services (Major's Air Charters)   

Unsure 1994* - 2007*

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^ Airline Code : -- : FPO

MD Air Services   

Renamed 1986* - 1988

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^ Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services

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Nixon's   

Inactive 2007* - 2007*

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Out Island Airways (OIA)   

Renamed 1971* - 1973

^ Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Government and started operations on 17Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways

^ Genealogy : Flamingo Airlines + Out Island Airways (OIA) +>Bahamasair

^ Airline Code : OE : ---

Package Delivery Express   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

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Performance Air   

Unsure 2007* - 2008*

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Pinders Charter Service   

Inactive 2007* - 2007*

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Pineapple Air   

Active 2003 - date

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^ Airline Code : -- : PNP

Regal Bahamas International Airways   

Unsure 1998* - 2001*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Regional Air   

Active 2001 - date

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^ Airline Code : -- : RGB

Reliable Air Services   

Inactive 1988 - 1994*

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^ Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services

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Sandpiper Air   

Unsure 1990^ - 2006*

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Seair   

Unsure 2002* - 2006*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Sky Bahamas (SkyBahamas)   

Active 2006 - date

^ Comments : Sky Bahamas was formed in Apr1988 & started operations as Sky Unlimited on 05Sep1988

^ Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas

^ Airline Code : Q7 : SBM

Sky Unlimited   

Renamed 1988 - 2006

^ Comments : Sky Bahamas was formed in Apr1988 & started operations as Sky Unlimited on 05Sep1988

^ Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas

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Southern Air Charter   

Active 1998^ - date

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^ Airline Code : PL : SOA

Stella Maris Resort Air Service   

Active 1992^ - date

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Sunair Bahamas   

Not started (1975*)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Sunbird Aviation   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Taino Air   

Unsure 1959* - 1990*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Take Flight Charter   

Unsure 2007* - 2008*

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TIA (Trans Island Airways)   

Inactive 1978* - 1992

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Transair Bahama   

Inactive 1975 - 1975

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Trans-Oceanic Airways   

Not started (1973*)

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Trinity Air Bahamas   

Inactive 1992 - 1994

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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^ Airline Code : T6 : TBH

Vision Air   

Active 2004* - date

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Western Air   

Active 2001* - date

^ Comments : Western Air was founded in 2001 by husband and wife Rex & Shandrice Rolle. Operations started on 30Jun2001

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^ Airline Code : -- : WST

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