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Bahamasair to hit 65 percent of pre-COVID levels this summer

This summer, Bahamasair will be back to an operating capacity at 65 percent of what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic affected The Bahamas, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Tracy Cooper said yesterday, adding that cruise ship home porting has “blessed” Bahamasair with business.

Cooper explained that this Saturday, Bahamasair will begin its annual summer schedule – which was abandoned last year – and will increase flights to all the hubs it flies to in Florida. 

“Going into the summer we are seeing increased bookings for the airline,” Cooper said.

“As you’re aware and has been outlined in the news, a couple of cruise lines – Royal Caribbean and Crystal Cruises – are starting cruises. We have been blessed by partnering with these entities in moving passengers for the cruise ships, so we’ve seen some boost from that.”

Bahamasair will be helping to bring to Nassau 1,200 passengers expected to board Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas tomorrow. 

Cooper also explained that the government’s revision of vaccination protocols has had the effect of increasing Bahamasair’s bookings.

“In describing what we’d call a boost, the airline believes that we will have the ability to have more rotations going into the summer,” he said. “This Saturday we are introducing our summer schedule… that means that we’ll have additional flights into Florida, all of the Florida stations as well as to the major islands in and around The Bahamas.” 

According to Cooper, Bahamasair’s revenue has increased marginally month on month.

“It is encouraging that it is increasing, but we are still, up until a couple weeks ago, we were still operating around 35 percent of pre-COVID levels,” Cooper said.

“Anything beyond that would have placed too much capacity in the market, so even though we’re starting to see the revenue increase, we’re still indicating that it’s marginal based on the slow growth that we’ve seen.” 

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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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