Grand Bahama International Airport

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Grand Bahama International Airport
IATA: FPOICAO: MYGF
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Hutchison Port Holdings and the Grand Bahama Port Authority
Operator Grand Bahama Airport Company
Location Freeport, Bahamas
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 26°33′31″N 078°41′44″W / 26.55861°N 78.69556°W / 26.55861; -78.69556Coordinates: 26°33′31″N 078°41′44″W / 26.55861°N 78.69556°W / 26.55861; -78.69556
Map
MYGF is located in Bahamas
MYGF
MYGF
Location in the Bahamas
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,359 11,020 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1]

Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA) (IATA: FPOICAO: MYGF) is a privately owned international airport in Freeport, Bahamas.

The airport is a joint venture between Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and The Port Group (or the Grand Bahama Port Authority). The facility also includes 741 acres (300 ha) of land that adjoins it to the Freeport Harbour Company Limited as they operate as one entity, known as the Sea Air Business Centre (SABC).[2]

Facilities[edit]

The airport has a 3,359 m × 46 m (11,020 ft × 151 ft) runway which is capable of handling the largest aircraft in service and is relatively close to all major cities of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Grand Bahama International Airport is one of two Bahamian airports that has US border preclearance facilities (the other being Lynden Pindling).

Some other features that are available at the Grand Bahama International Airport are:

  1. ILS (Instrument Landing System)
  2. VOR system
  3. PAPI (Precision approach path indicator) system
  4. Distance-remaining markers
  5. Category seven (7) fire fighting facilities
  6. General aviation services
  7. Special cargo/freight handling area

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Miami
Bahamasair Fort Lauderdale, Nassau
Seasonal charter: Baltimore,[3] Birmingham (AL),[4] Cincinnati,[5] Columbus (OH),[6] Memphis, Nashville, [7] Richmond,[8] Raleigh/Durham
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Seasonal: Atlanta
Flamingo Air Marsh Harbour, South Bimini
Regional Air[9] Marsh Harbour, Nassau, North Eleuthera, San Andros, South Bimini, Walker's Cay
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach
SkyBahamas Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Nassau
Sunwing Airlines Toronto-Pearson[10]
Seasonal charter: Newark (begins 20 May 2015)
Seasonal: Calgary, Edmonton,[10] Halifax,[10] Montreal-Trudeau,[10] Ottawa,[10] Winnipeg,[10] Vancouver
US Airways Charlotte
Seasonal: Philadelphia
US Airways Express Charlotte
Seasonal: Philadelphia
Western Air Nassau

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 12 November 1964, Lockheed Lodestar N171Q stalled after take-off and was destroyed by fire in the subsequent crash, killing all four people on board.[11]
  • On 24 November 1979, Convair 440-86 N444JM of Mackey International Airlines was on an international non-scheduled passenger flight to Fort Lauderdale International Airport when the starboard engine caught fire just after take-off. On approach to Grand Bahamas International, the engine fell off. On landing, the aircraft departed the runway and ended up in the sea. All 46 people on board escaped from the aircraft.[13]
  • On 20 July 2000, Douglas C-47A N54AA of Allied Air Freight suffered an engine failure on take-off from Grand Bahama International Airport on a cargo flight to Nassau International Airport, Bahamas. The aircraft crashed while attempting to return to Grand Bahama International and was destroyed. Both crew were killed.[15]
  • On November 9, 2014, a Lear 36 Executive Jet crashed on approach to the airport. All nine people on board perished. [16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for MYGF at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ http://www.freeportcontainerport.com/gbair.php Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA) is a privately owned ...•Special Cargo/Freight handling area
  3. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation-express-announces-non-stops-130000038.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHcMf1SvwIAuavQtDMD
  4. ^ http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/05/bahamasair_flight_936_complete.html
  5. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation-express-expands-fourth-nonstop-190000859.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CdZRt9SpTQAOB7QtDMD
  6. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vacation-express-announces-non-stops-180000542.html;_ylt=AwrBJSDtNS9TJWQAs77QtDMD
  7. ^ http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/vacation-express-announces-new-non-stops-to-grand-bahama-island-and-cancun-from-mem-1878416.htm
  8. ^ http://www.timesdispatch.com/business/tour-operator-to-provide-air-service-to-bahamas-and-mexico/article_f093fb0a-b111-11e3-a8c3-001a4bcf6878.html
  9. ^ http://www.goregionalair.com/
  10. ^ a b c d e f Sunwing.ca – Sunwing announces new direct flights to Grand Bahama This Winter
  11. ^ "N171Q Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "N235KC Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "N444JM Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "N75KW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "N54AA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Small plane crashes in Bahamas, killing 9 on board". Associated Press. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 

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