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Bahamasair Resuming Nonstop Flights Between Raleigh-Durham and Freeport, Bahamas

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Here’s some exciting news for those based in the Raleigh-Durham area: Bahamasair is set to begin nonstop, year-round flights from RDU to Freeport in the Bahamas.

“We are excited to relaunch the direct RDU Bahamasair service, especially ahead of the holiday season and winter months,” said the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. “With a short 2-hour flight time, North Carolinians can easily escape to the warmth of the tropics,” he continued.

Here’s what you need to know about this new option for flyers to the Bahamas!

Bahamasair Returning to Raleigh-Durham

Starting November 12, 2023, Bahamasair will fly nonstop between Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Freeport, Grand Bahama in the Bahamas.

This route has operated in the past, but now it’s going to operate year-round thanks to its popularity with flyers.

Bahamasair will use a Boeing 737 aircraft to fly between Freeport and Raleigh-Durham. Image Credit: Jillian Cain / Adobe Stock

Flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays with the following schedule:

  • Depart Raleigh-Durham (RDU) 2:15 p.m. — Arrive Freeport (FPO) 4:15 p.m.
  • Depart Freeport (FPO) 11 a.m. — Arrive Raleigh Durham (RDU) 1 p.m.

Freeport is located on the island of Grand Bahama. Most of the large, popular resorts, including Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas and Baha Mar, are located in the Nassau area on Paradise Island. However, Bahamasair offers connections to Nassau from Freeport, and Grand Bahama itself offers a range of hotels and resorts for travelers.

Freeport is the archipelago’s second-largest city and offers a relaxed waterfront full of shops and restaurants along with historic sites and incredible beaches.

Flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft and can be booked now directly on Bahamasair’s website. We’re seeing fares from around $450 round-trip on the route during the first few weeks of the route’s resumption, which is not a bad price considering we’re heading into the winter holiday travel season when flights to sunny island destinations such as the Bahamas can reach dizzying heights.

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Final Thoughts

Bahamasair has found success in the Raleigh-Durham market, as it’s set to relaunch nonstop service to Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 12 — and this time, the route will operate year-round.

This is great news for residents of the area who will have a consistent, quick option for getting to the sun and the sand in just a matter of hours!

About Nick Ellis

Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.


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