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Growth and Prosperity in Abaco

September 15th, 2010

Abaco’s growth and prosperity continue to climb in yet another noteworthy series of development milestones.

Airlift acquisition targets Out Islands
Bahamas Tribune
US-based AvStar Aviation is hoping to open up airlift to Abaco from West Palm Beach by year-end, in a bid to expand the operations of recently-acquired Twin Air Calypso, which has serviced the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale for more than 50 years … the new service—frequently travelled by West Palm and Abaco residents—could deliver 100 individuals to Abaco four days per week through scheduled service.

Abaco to get community hospital
The Freeport News
The Ministry of Health is placing greater focus on the medical needs of family island patients and plans to construct two new state-of-the-art community hospitals on Abaco and Exuma. The community hospital on Abaco will make it much easier for residents to gain access to medical care and in many cases, avoid having to travel to New Providence.

Maxwell’s Grocery re-opens in Marsh Harbour
Bahama Islands Info
When the popular Maxwell’s Grocery burned down on the night of July 21st 2008 many wondered if this was the end. But on August 13th a brand-new, sparkling, and spacious Maxwell’s re-opened in Marsh Harbour to rave reviews.

38% Crown Land revenue increase
Bahamas Tribune
“The Parcel Information Management System (PIMS) is fully being implemented and will contribute to the efficient functioning of the local land markets in support of private sector development, including facilitation of foreign investment, thereby contributing directly to the objectives of the bank’s strategy for the Bahamas,” the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said. “Geographic profiles of Andros, Inagua and Abaco represent a good point of departure for land use and natural resources management.”

Travel Off the Cuff – Expect the Unexpected on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island
The Province
Like fly-fishing southern Alberta’s Bow River, flats fishing off Great Abaco, the Bahamas’ third-largest island, is also world class, says avid Calgary fly fisherman Dave Byler … Excellent fishing is just one reason the retired Suncor Energy vice-president and wife Carol decided to invest in emerging Schooner Bay Harbour Village in southern Great Abaco.

Contract signed for architectural design of Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal
Nassau Guardian
Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant signed a $600,000 contract with the Architects Incorporated Company for the architectural design of the Marsh Harbour Airport terminal building and fire/crash facility. The current 3,315 square foot building will be replaced with a new 24,000 square foot single-storey terminal and fire crash facility immediately west of the existing terminal.

Walker’s Cay dream gets green light as Bahamas Investment Authority approves plans
Bahamas Island Info
A multi-million dollar bid to revive the once-famed Walker’s Cay fishing and diving resort, which would create “a minimum” of 200 jobs for Bahamians, has been approved by the Bahamas Investment Authority.

Furniture Plus announces the opening of its beautiful third home in Abaco
Bahama Islands Info
The walls are freshly painted. The furniture boutiques are all in place. Shiny rows of appliances stand at attention. And the doors to the newest Furniture Plus location at Maxwell’s Plaza in Marsh Harbour are open … With all newly-hired Abaconians manning the richly appointed 20,000 square foot showroom and shoppers excitedly streaming in, there is no sign of an economic downturn anywhere to be seen.

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More New Flights to Abaco

January 25th, 2010

The Nassau Guardian recently reported that Abaco is to receive more air services to both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. The new flights are a result of the Florida airline, Gulfstream International Airlines, expanding its schedule.

Gulfstream International Airlines will soon offer an enhanced non-stop service between Palm Beach International and Marsh Harbour, increasing its service from one to two weekday frequencies.

Fort Lauderdale International will also see increased weekday frequencies to Treasure Cay, up from one weekday roundtrip to two.

These new flights will be operated under Gulfstream’s “Continental Connection” affiliation with Continental Airlines.

Under this arrangement, Gulfstream coordinates pricing and schedules with Continental Airlines.

According to their press release:

“Gulfstream is delighted to expand our schedule with additional non-stop air service linking Palm Beach with Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas.

“As a Florida based company, Gulfstream is delighted to expand our schedule with additional non-stop air service linking Palm Beach with both the state capitol in Tallahassee and Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. We are tremendously excited to grow our Ft. Lauderdale service with these additional frequencies to both North Eleuthera and Treasure Cay in the Bahamas. Gulfstream remains committed to providing reliable, quality Florida air service at reasonable prices,” said David Hackett, Gulfstream’s President and CEO.

Gulfstream currently operates 23 aircraft with over 150 daily system departures throughout Florida, the Bahamas and now with service at Cleveland, OH. Gulfstream operates as Continental Connection, under contractual agreement with Continental Airlines. Additionally Gulfstream has codeshare relationships with United Airlines and Copa Airlines of Panama.

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New air service to Family Islands launched

November 27th, 2009

From The Nassau Guardian
Friday, November 20, 2009
By Scott Armstrong ~ Guardian Business Editor ~ scott@nasguard.com:

THREE new non-stop flight services to the Family Islands have been launched by American Eagle Airlines from Miami, the company has announced.

The regional affiliate of American Airlines yesterday began non-stop jet service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Eleuthera and Treasure Cay, and has announced it will also begin a new service to Governor’s Harbour, The Bahamas, beginning on November 20.

The announcement comes just a day after The Nassau Guardian revealed Bahamasair was looking at changes to its schedules to help tourists connect better with the Family Islands.

It in turn was responding to calls from Tourism and Aviation Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace for The Bahamas to make the most of the opportunities presented by the multiplicity of destinations within the jurisdiction.

The three new routes add to the four Bahamas services already run by American Eagle to Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbour and Georgetown.

Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President based in Miami said: “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Miami hub, we are delighted to launch service to these cities. With these additions, American and American Eagle will operate 276 daily flights from our Miami hub, the most flights ever from Miami.

“Connecting small and medium-sized cities to American’s global network is one of Eagle’s key missions, and these new flights are sure to benefit customers in South Florida and throughout American’s network.”

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