Harley James


08 Feb 2023 Aviation

Post-covid-19 passenger recovery for the Bahamas' aviation industry

The covid-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the global aviation industry, with lockdowns and travel restrictions leading to reduced passenger numbers worldwide. As an island nation that relies heavily on tourists arriving by air, the Bahamas felt ... View more

26 Sep 2022 Aviation

I want to fly a drone in the Bahamas. What do I need to know?

Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), are regarded as aircraft in the Bahamas, and may be operated for both recreational and commercial purposes. They are categorised according to their weight and the types of operations that they ... View more

16 Apr 2022 Aviation

PPP procurement process for Grand Bahama International Airport launches

On 28 March 2022, the Department of Aviation and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation announced the official launch of the Bahamas airports public private partnership (PPP) procurement process for the Grand Bahama International Airport... View more

05 Mar 2022 Aviation

Aviation in the Bahamas – key industry updates

This article provides an outline of key developments in The Bahamas' aviation sector in 2021.   Post-vaccine requirements for flight crew On 15 October 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority Bahamas (CAA-B) issued an industry notification addressed... View more

03 Nov 2021 Aviation

The Bahamas - 2021 aviation highlights

New legislation that came into force in March 2021 (for further details, please see "Dawning of a new age: proposed legislation shapes future of aviation") has afforded the Civil Aviation Authority Bahamas (CAAB) the much-needed power to advance new ... View more

15 Jul 2021 Aviation

Gaining management of sovereign airspace

After several decades of discussions between the governments of The Bahamas and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the two countries have signed an air navigation services agreement (the agreement), thereby transferring the management of The ... View more

20 Apr 2021 Aviation

Aviation 2020: year in review

In 2020 the Civil Aviation Authority Bahamas (CAA-B) made several important advances despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including:   restoring and boosting air travel to, from and within The Bahamas – efforts which are ongoing; presenting three ... View more

29 Jan 2021 Aviation

Dawning of a new age: proposed legislation shapes future of aviation

The introduction of three new bills will herald the dawning of a new age in aviation in The Bahamas and position the jurisdiction to attain the international recognition that it deserves. These bills – the Civil Aviation Bill 2020, the Civil ... View more

27 Nov 2020 Aviation

Efforts to restore and boost air travel

On 31 October 2020 Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar addressed the easing of restrictions on air travel to, from and within The Bahamas. The Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) (8) Order 2020, which came into effect on 9 October ... View more

07 Sep 2020 Aviation

Second eclipse for aviation sector?

On 4 June 2020 Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that The Bahamas would reopen its borders on 19 June 2020; in fact, domestic borders were opened as of 8 June 2020. This easing of restrictions was, as in all other affected countries, conditional... View more

07 Aug 2020 Aviation

Gateway to The Bahamas: runway rehabilitation project

In recent years, there has been significant growth in air traffic to and from The Bahamas. As a result, the tourism sector has experienced rapid growth and the government has taken proactive steps to support this growth – notably, with upgrades to ... View more

07 Aug 2020 Aviation

COVID-19: aviation industry in eclipse?

Introduction  The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the global aviation industry on its head with operations slowly grinding to a complete halt. The Bahamas has not been spared.   At present, no international or domestic flights are permitted to ... View more

07 Aug 2020 Aviation

Great strides made towards enhancing aircraft registry and ratifying Cape Town Convention

The Bahamian government continues to make progress towards the enhancement of its aircraft registry and the ratification of the Cape Town Convention on International Interest in Mobile Equipment.  Aircraft registry The Bahamas Civil Aviation ... View more

07 Aug 2020 Aviation

Government reopens negotiations on overflight fees and airspace management

Introduction The Bahamas' flight information region airspace is one of the largest after the North Atlantic Organised Track System. It comprises tens of thousands of miles and is subject to significant overflight activity. Moreover, it is one of the... View more