The Bahamas Celebrates 70 Years Of Air Canada Flights

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Air Canada’s first flight to Nassau,
The Bahamas was on 2DEC, 1948.
Copyright: Air Canada Archives.

The Bahamas is celebrating 70 years of flights by Air Canada. The carrier first flew to The Islands of The Bahamas on 2DEC, 1948 and to this day provides scheduled daily service to Nassau.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to fly Canadians and customers alike to beautiful Nassau over the last four years,” says Duncan Bureau, President, Air Canada Rouge. “We look forward to strengthening this partnership further with our continued service starting this winter from Toronto, and our newly added route from Montreal.”

In recognition of the longevity and success of their seven-decade long partnership, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is planning events to show Air Canada their appreciation for seven decades of service.

“Air Canada serves more than 217 destinations on six continents, needless to say, The Bahamas is proud to be one of its top destinations,” says Paul Strachan, Senior Director, Bahamas Tourist Office, Canada. We are beyond grateful to have such an incredible partnership for as long as we’ve had with Air Canada and to continue to fly passengers to our treasured islands for many years to come.

“We at Air Canada are very proud of our strong relationship with The Bahamas, one of the longest-served destinations in our global network. This speaks to the hospitality and warmth of the Bahamian people and the beauty of the islands. Our mutual success over 70 years also underscores the great partnerships we have built with tourism officials and the industry in The Bahamas, who we thank for their ongoing support.”

On 2DEC celebratory activities will kick off, starting with an exclusive event at Air Canada’s departure gate for its 70th anniversary flight to Nassau at Pearson International Airport with Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada Rouge, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, media and other notable partners.

“Bahamians love to celebrate in style, so we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate this special anniversary with our partners at Air Canada,” says Strachan.

Select Canadian media will fly from Toronto to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau where the festivities will continue. Dionisio James D'Aguilar, BahamasMinister of Tourism and Aviation, and Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Bahamian government dignitaries and other officials will be on site to greet all of those aboard this special flight. The event will be complete with a commemorative gift exchange and a lively Bahamian Junkanoo band. 

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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