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Airfare website: Bahamas travel to US up 119 percent

As vaccines begin to become ubiquitous in the United States and the vaccine rollout continues in The Bahamas, Bahamians are beginning to travel once again after a year of limited travel and bargain airfare website Cheapoair revealed in a statement that bookings for travel from The Bahamas into the US were up 119 percent in March compared to January.

Cheapoair’s statement touted the return of tourism to the US, explaining that there has been a 64 percent increase in travel to the US from myriad destinations across the world.

“The figures are really good news,” said Glenn Cusano, co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Fareportal, the parent company of Cheapoair and One Travel.

“We all know that COVID-19 caused a precipitous drop in the number of international travelers booking flights to the United States last year. 

“We believe there is a correlation between the great work being done in this country to get vaccines administered and the uptick in interest in travel to the US.” 

Cheapoair stated it expects that as more Americans receive the vaccine, visits to the US will be on the rebound.

“The latest CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) vaccination information shows that 32.6 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As those percentages increase, we expect to see further growth in international visitors to the US.” 

Bahamians were barred from traveling for several months in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic reared its head in the country. 

Travel to the US was blamed for the second wave of COVID-19 in The Bahamas and spurred the development of rigorous travel protocols to and from The Bahamas and to Family Islands.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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