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Southwest Airlines Launches Direct Orlando-Nassau Flights to Boost Bahamas Tourism


Lauren Miller

May 13, 2024 - 14:56 pm


Southwest Airlines Embarks on a New Venture Connecting Orlando with Nassau

NASSAU, Bahamas – May 13, 2024 - In an exciting development for travelers, Southwest Airlines has made public their launch of a new travel path directly linking Orlando, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas. Commencing on June 4, 2024, and continuing through the peak of the summer season until August 4, Southwest will provide daily nonstop flights, creating a streamlined connection between Central Florida's bustling urban center and the vibrant capital of The Bahamas.

This eagerly awaited service is seen as a significant indicator of the Bahamian government's dedication to significantly enhance air stopover visits to their archipelagic state. The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation of The Bahamas, commented on the planned expansions, emphasizing the intention to aggressively develop the tourism offerings across their collection of 16 island destinations.

The Deputy Prime Minister further stated, "The inception of Southwest Airlines' new daily connection to Nassau is a clear evidence of our efforts and resolve to grow air stopover arrivals throughout our 16-islands destination aggressively."

Record-Breaking Tourist Arrivals

By the conclusion of the preceding year, The Bahamas celebrated a momentous milestone, marking the arrival of 9.65 million international guests through both air and sea travel. Notably, over 1.7 million of these visitors arrived by air, an accomplishment that not only sets a new record but also shows an increase of 3.5% compared to the year 2019 and a significant 17% growth over the 2022 figures.

Continuing this upward trend, the first quarter of 2024 already boasts a commendable 7.3% increase in foreign air arrivals compared to the same period in the previous year, crossing the half-million mark with over 504,000 visitors. Based on this trajectory, projections are in place for the year-end figures to surpass two million foreign air visitors, setting another unprecedented landmark for the island nation's tourism industry.

A Strategic Airline Partnership

Deputy Prime Minister Cooper elaborated on the government's strategies to boost tourism, which includes forging and expanding strategic partnerships. "We have been very strategic about driving and broadening strategic partnerships with airlines and our domestic and international industry colleagues, encompassing Promotion Boards and Hotel Partners," he stated. Cooper then outlined future plans involving a growth strategy that specifically targets Southern, Central, and Northern Florida markets, including key cities like Orlando, West Palm Beach, and Tampa. The objective is to captivate new airline services for Nassau/PI, Grand Bahama, and the Family Islands.

Southwest Airlines' newly introduced route is set to commence in sync with the airline's operational shift from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando on June 4, 2024. The airline's history with Orlando stretches back to 1996, providing direct flights to over fifty destinations within the United States and the Caribbean. As the largest operator at Orlando International Airport, Southwest Airlines commands more than a fifth of all passenger traffic there, thereby significantly contributing to the region's travel and tourism ecosystem.

The Bahamas: A Prime Destination for Leisure and Exploration

The Bahamas, boasting over 700 islands and cays along with 16 distinct island getaways, are situated a mere 50 miles from the coast of Florida. This close proximity allows for a convenient and effortless escape for travelers. This island nation prides itself on offering exceptional fishing, diving, and boating experiences, along with thousands of miles of some of the most stunning beaches on the planet. These natural wonders provide the perfect playfield for families, couples, and adventurers alike to indulge in and discover.

To delve further into the exquisiteness and unique offerings of The Bahamas, visitors are encouraged to explore the islands' official tourism website at, and to connect with The Bahamas on social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram for a glimpse into why it is indeed "Better in The Bahamas."

For Further Information

For any additional details or inquiries about The Bahamas' offerings and the new airline service, the media contact is Anita Johnson-Patty, Director of Global Communications at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. She can be reached via email at [email protected] For further contact information pertaining to the USA, there's FINN Partners Bahamas, available at [email protected]

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation takes pride in sharing these exciting developments and looks forward to welcoming more visitors to its shores with the convenient new travel routes made possible by the Southwest Airlines' service.

This news article is brought to you by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, and carries forward the nation's excitement and readiness to indulge its visitors in all the splendor and opportunities that await in this tropical paradise.

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