Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Philip Davis, said the national flag carrier is also exploring expansion of the international routes to open up new markets to service the tourist economy.
Davis, speaking at a ceremony announcing the appointment of the new managing firector and other executive managers at Bahamasair Holdings, said “expansion of routes into the West Coast of the United States and Canada is being explored along with more direct flights between the Family Islands and Florida.
“Development of a strong partnership with Baha Mar is being explored to provide airlift support for the resort,” he said, noting that the expansion of the international routes has begun with the reintroduction of service into Haiti.
“In addition to the improvement and expansion of its domestic and international routes, it is Bahamasair’s position that equal emphasis should be placed on the establishment of a National Air Transport Policy to address approval of operators, fair competition and safe operations.”
Davis also said that the Perry Christie government on coming to office it has reached agreement with the airline’s four trade unions after some had expired for as many as three years.
“We quickly reopened negotiations and signed all four of our industrial agreements that are effective through 2018; we have achieved labour peace and ushered in a sense of job security,” Davis said.
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