Cape Air has partnered with Resorts World Bimini to bring regularly scheduled commercial seaplane service back to North Bimini, a service that has not been available since 2005.
Under the new partnership between Cape Air and RWB, scheduled flights will begin December 21, 2015 with two daily flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Bimini’s North Seaplane Base at Resorts World Bimini. Beginning January 18, 2016, four daily flights will operate between Fort Lauderdale and North Bimini. In addition, one daily flight will operate between Watson Island Seaplane Base in Miami and Bimini.
“We are thrilled with these additions to our Caribbean route map and look forward to continued growth in the region,” said Linda Markham, President of Cape Air. “Cape Air is delighted to serve Florida and the Bahamas by providing additional transportation options that will benefit travelers and locals alike.”
RWB President Ed Farrell said the resort is pleased to be able to offer such an important service to the people of Bimini and to those wishing to visit the island.
“Regularly scheduled seaplane service was an important service for the island, and the absence of this service created a degree of hardship for its people,” he said. “Resorts World Bimini is pleased to be a part of this new partnership which will provide another travel option, making life that much easier for the people of Bimini, and offering a unique experience for visitors who wish to vacation there.”
“The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is pleased to welcome Cape Air’s service to Bimini” said Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “The island offers so much for visitors to see and do, particularly in terms of its water activities, which makes the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show such a perfect backdrop to kick off this exciting news. We hope that travelers from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market will take advantage of this new air service,” she added.
Cape Air will be flying the Cessna Caravan Amphibian on this route. The Cessna Caravan Amphibian is a nine passenger, high wing, turboprop aircraft with the capability to land either on water or on the ground.
Cape Air has been offering frequent daily flights throughout the Caribbean since 1998. With its southern hub in San Juan, Cape Air operates more than 100 daily flights to St. Thomas, St. Croix, Tortola, Vieques, Mayaguez, Culebra and Virgin Gorda. Located just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, Resorts World Bimini is a 750-acre luxury Caribbean beachfront resort and casino, located on North Bimini Island, The Bahamas. The resort features lavish accommodations, a wide variety of exclusive amenities and direct access to Bimini’s array of world-renowned vacation activities.