BY TAYLOR DOLVEN
MIAMI – Buildings at the airport in Freeport, Grand Bahama, were hollowed and runways at the airport in Marsh Harbour on neighboring Abaco Islands completely flooded after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the islands in September.
Now, three months after the storm, international flights to the islands are ramping back up.
BahamasAir resumed service between Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Dec. 15, and Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour and Palm Beach International Airport on Monday.
Silver Airways was to resume service from Fort Lauderdale to Freeport and Marsh Harbour on Thursday.
Some daily flights
BahamasAir will have flights between Freeport and Fort Lauderdale every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and flights between Marsh Harbour and West Palm Beach on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Silver Airways will have daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport every day except Tuesdays, and two flights per day on Saturdays. Silver will have flights between Fort Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour Wednesdays through Sundays.
Silver said in a statement that the company anticipates returning to Treasure Cay in the Abacos in February.
A new slogan
American Airlines plans to resume daily flights to Freeport and Marsh Harbour from Miami International Airport in February as well, a spokesperson said.
In the aftermath of the storm, the Bahamas tourism ministry used social media to promote destinations in its southern islands that remained unscathed.
Now its slogan is “15 Islands Open for Business,” including the Grand Bahama island.