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Plans & Projects

The Bahamas National Aviation Strategic Plan

Bahamas government leaders and aviation industry stakeholders gathered in June 2023 to unveil the first-ever Bahamas National Aviation Strategic Plan (NASP), an eight-point plan designed to revolutionize the country’s aviation industry over the next three years and ensure that the Bahamas Department of Aviation continues to set the standard for aviation excellence in the region.

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An Eight-Point Flight Plan to Meet & Exceed Industry Best Practices

Improving Airport Infrastructure and Development

Airlines, passengers and cargo require safe, efficient and affordable airport infrastructure to sustain their operations. Through public private partnerships with airport stakeholders and government authorities, we will develop best-in-class infrastructure for “airports of the future” based on new technologies, cultural authenticity and our commitment to sustainability and resilience. 

Enhancing Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Successful partnerships with our aviation stakeholders, such as airport users and surrounding community members, is particularly important to the success of the National Aviation Strategic Plan. We will continuously engage with our partners on matters including deliverables and policy execution.

Increasing Airlift and Improving Air Connectivity

Increasing airlift and improving air connectivity are critical components to ensure the Bahamas’ economic vitality. Partnerships with airlift and aviation stakeholders such as international and domestic airlines, airport users and surrounding community members is particularly important to the success of the National Aviation Strategic Plan. 

Enhancing Human Capital Development

To increase our competitiveness, minimize risk and optimize our capabilities, enhanced development of human capital is essential to ensure the optimization of industry talent as contributors to the plan. Additionally, it will ensure the attraction of new talent, building the capabilities of industry’s personnel through effective training and the development of programs to efficiently manage strategic foresight, system thinking, finance, digital literacy and data management. 

Improving Operational Efficiency, Financial Resilience, and Revenue Optimization

The aviation industry must focus on improving operational efficiencies and the implementation of policies that drive cost reduction through leaner operations, as well as new ways to leverage ancillary revenue and adaptation to fluctuating airport traffic. A mid-term financial planning model will be developed to support agility and accountability and drive transparency. 

Strengthening Safety and Security Systems

Passenger confidence in aviation safety and security is indispensable to the continued growth of the industry. The Bahamas is required to implement and conform to a safety oversight system to promote aviation safety. This is achieved by observing and assessing the compliance of aircraft operators, service providers with the applicable regulations, procedures and recommended practices. This mandate is further supported through safety and security audits conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of The Bahamas to evaluate areas such as surveillance and compliance, risk assessments and safety management. 

Positioning The Bahamas as the Regional Leader in Sustainable Aviation and Air Transport Services

Globally, the aviation industry is being transformed by increased attention to prioritizing sustainability goals. The Bahamas’ commitment to global sustainability initiatives, renewable energy discussions, greener aerospace technologies and actions to advance net zero and carbon neutrality are essential components in the success of this plan.

Improving Innovation and Technology

Aviation in The Bahamas is ever-changing to advance cutting-edge technology to meet the demands of “the new normal.” Through ongoing collaboration, this sector will explore innovative systems and solutions to assist in operational efficiency and effectiveness. 

Statements from Leadership

Honourable I. Chester Cooper

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation

“The historic NASP will serve as the industry’s ’Flight Plan’ that will chart the way forward over the next three years to aid in the revolutionization and renaissance of the aviation industry, as mandated by The Government of The Bahamas. The stakeholders within our Aviation ecosystem can be assured of my ongoing support as we move with focused execution to build a Bahamas more suitable for the advancement and empowerment of our country and Bahamians."

Statements from Leadership

Dr. Kenneth Romer

Director of Aviation and Deputy Director General of Tourism

“The comprehensive eight-prong plan reflects an industry-inclusive, innovative, systematic and pragmatic process of execution that will position The Bahamas as the Regional Leader in Aviation, and will be driven by the ongoing commitment, focus, drive and synergy that exist among stakeholders within our Aviation ecosystem”.

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The Bahamas Airports Public Private Partnership

The Government of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (MOTIA), initiated a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) offer to develop and operate a portfolio of fourteen airports across seven islands.

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