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The Department of Aviation was created in the Ministry of Tourism’s organizational structure, to provide oversight to all the government entities involved in the aviation sector, to adjudicate and resolve issues that develop between these entities, to provide a depository for all matters relating to the aviation sector and, most importantly, to provide the necessary focus to the government’s goals in this critically important sector. This new Department of Aviation is headed by a Director, Algernon Cargill, who brings to this position years of both private and public sector management experience. The Aviation sector in The Bahamas is comprised of the following government entities:
Airport Authority (AA) is responsible for the management of 28 Family island Airports and security and fire crash rescue services at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
Air Accident Investigation Authority is responsible for the investigation of aviation occurrences to identify deficiencies in the aviation system and make recommendations as necessary. This entity reports to the Ministry of Transport
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is responsible for the management of all aspects at LPIA except for security and fire crash rescue services. Civil Aviation Authority – Bahamas (CAA-B) is responsible for regulating, enforcement and safety oversight in the aviation sector, as well as the establishment of overflight fees for all aircraft traversing the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas.
Bahamas Air Navigational Services Authority (BANSA) is responsible for the provision of air traffic control services in those areas in The Bahamas where this service is not provided by the Federal aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States and The Republic of Cuba.
Nassau Flight Services(NFS) is responsible for all below the wing services (baggage, ground handling services, fueling, etc.) and ‘above the wing’ services (check-in, passenger movement, VIP services, etc.) requested by scheduled unscheduled carriers at LPIA and San Salvador.
Bahamasair was established in 1973 as a product of a newly independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Its mission is to provide a safe and reliable mode of transportation internationally and throughout the Archipelago of The Bahamas. It operates a fleet of ten aircraft, 5 Boeing 737’s and 5 ATR’s and is committed to being a safe and dependable airline, delivering quality service and excellent travel experiences to its customers.
1-242-302-2000/502-0832, Ext. 2783
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation
British American Financial
Building, 4th Floor
Nassau , New Providence P O Box N 3701