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ritzbeachbum

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 Posted March 20th, 2012 08:07 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
More bad news for Grand Bahama it looks like Vision Airline is bailing out of GB in less than 6-months.
I have been checking the reservations and that are not booking anything after April 30th.
I callled them and the fellow on the phone said unoffically that he believs April 30th will be there last flight.
When is the Goverment going to do something about an airport that these companies can afford to fly into.
The last time it was listed it cost twice as much to land a aircraft in GB than Nassau, little wonder why the all fly to Nassau.

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Britishdave

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 Posted March 20th, 2012 05:37 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Sad news indeed. I am not sure what the government can do? The GBPA runs the airport like everything else on the island. They are the government!
ritzbeachbum

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 Posted March 22nd, 2012 06:34 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
The GBPA runs the airport but it is privately owned, which is where of the problem comes from. You can only cut the pie into so many pieces, they have the whole westend they could open a new one that not privately owner or better yet open the old one back up, that alone would bring buiness nto the west end.
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Johann

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 Posted March 30th, 2012 08:21 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Vision Airlines was always scheduled to be a seasonal service, ending on April 30th. After that date, BahamasAir is scheduled to take over the routes on a permanent basis. An official announcement of the availability of online booking is expected next week.

BahamasAir just yesterday introduced a new 737-500 jet that is supposed to take over this service in May. That should be a boon to these routes as BahamasAir has a much larger market than Vision through their partnership with US Airways and listing on sites like Expedia and Travelocity, offering people new 1-stop possibilities as well as exposing the non-stop routes to many more people. BahamasAir is also scheduled to expand its partner network significantly this summer, according to officials, which will open things up even more and help fill the planes.

The island is as busy as I've seen it in probably 5 years. The area down by Lucayan Beach has looked more like Rio de Janeiro than Freeport lately - just packed.

The ferry seems to have the bugs worked out now, replacing Discovery Cruise Line, the new United route from West Palm Beach and Sky Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale are also helping. Grand Lucayan has finally figured out that it's better to have a full hotel where you make less off each room reservation than an empty one with high margins, so the resort is near capacity and looking at reopening both Lighthouse Pointe and Reef Village in the near future. Wyndham has been sold out all month. Grand Bahama Nature Tours just introduced a new tall ship that they will be running tours on, with more new tours in the works.

Things are looking up in Grand Bahama more than they have in many years now. Let's just cross our fingers it continues.

Johann



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