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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.

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September 12, 2016Junkanoo Air commenced commercial freight operations on 30Aug2016 [status change]
June 20, 2014Destination Airlink Bahamas status changed to Began? as airline does not expect to launch [update]

Airline

Operating DatesStatus

Abaco Air   

1975* - dateActive

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

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Air Bahama   

1974 - 1981Inactive

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

^ Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama

Air Hibiscus*   

1976 - 1976Status?

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Airstream Airlines   

2000* - 2000*Status?

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Bahamas Air Ferries   

1998* - 1998*Status?

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Bahamas Airways   

1949* - 1970Inactive

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Bahamas World Airways   

1971 - 1982Inactive

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

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Bahamasair   

1973 - dateActive

^ Comments : Bahamasair was established by the Bahamas Goverment and started operations on 18Jun1973, by acquiring the routes of Flamingo Airlines and the operations of Out Island Airways

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

Caribbean Air Charters   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Caribbean International Airways   

1953* - 1953*Status?

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Cat Island Air   

1997^ - 2011*Inactive

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Cherokee Air   

1987* - dateActive

^ Comments : Cherokee Air was formed in 1987

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Colony Airlines   

1969* - 1969*Status?

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Congo Air   

1999* - 1999*Inactive

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Destination Airlink Bahamas   

(2014)Began?

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EFS Bahamas   

1976* - 1977*Inactive

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Flamingo Air   

2004* - dateActive

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Flamingo Airlines   

1971* - 1973Renamed

^ 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

Golden Wings Charter   

2000^ - dateActive

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Grand Bahama Island (Airlines)   

1998* - 2001*Status?

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Helda Air   

1981* - 1990Inactive

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International Air Bahama   

1968 - 1974Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : International Air Bahama >Air Bahama

Junkanoo Air   

2016 - dateActive

^ 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   

1973* - 1988Inactive

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Laker Airways Bahamas   

1992* - 2004Inactive

^ Comments : Laker Airways Bahamas was founded in 1992

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Leair Charter   

1995^ - dateActive

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Lucaya Air   

1986* - 1986*Renamed

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^ Genealogy : >Unknown

Lucaya Beach Air Service   

1973* - 1983*Status?

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

1994* - 2007*Status?

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MD Air Services   

1986* - 1988Renamed

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^ Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services

Nixon's   

2007* - 2007*Inactive

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Out Island Airways (OIA)   

1971* - 1973Renamed

^ 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

Package Delivery Express   

2004* - 2006*Status?

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Performance Air   

2007* - 2008*Status?

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Pinders Charter Service   

2007* - 2007*Inactive

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Pineapple Air   

2003 - dateActive

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Regal Bahamas International Airways   

1998* - 2001*Status?

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Regional Air   

2001 - dateActive

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Reliable Air Services   

1988 - 1994*Inactive

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^ Genealogy : MD Air Services >Reliable Air Services

Sandpiper Air   

1990^ - 2006*Status?

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Seair   

2002* - 2006*Status?

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Sky Bahamas (SkyBahamas)   

2006 - dateActive

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

^ Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas

Sky Unlimited   

1988 - 2006Renamed

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

^ Genealogy : Sky Unlimited >Sky Bahamas

Southern Air Charter   

1998^ - dateActive

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Stella Maris Resort Air Service   

1992^ - dateActive

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Sunair Bahamas   

(1975*)Began?

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Sunbird Aviation   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Taino Air   

1959* - 1990*Status?

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Take Flight Charter   

2007* - 2008*Status?

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TIA (Trans Island Airways)   

1978* - 1992Inactive

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Transair Bahama   

1975 - 1975Inactive

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Trans-Oceanic Airways   

(1973*)Began?

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Trinity Air Bahamas   

1992 - 1994Inactive

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Vision Air   

2004* - dateActive

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Western Air   

2001* - dateActive

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

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