The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation, has announced the government’s plans to merge Bahamasair (UP, Nassau International) and Nassau Flight Services baggage handling services.

“So we have two money-losing agencies, Bahamasair and Nassau Flight Services. Both of them are offering baggage handling services. We are going to merge those departments, we are going to create synergy, we are going to create efficiency,” Chester Cooper said during his contribution to the 2024/2025 Budget Debate in the country’s House of Assembly.

Cooper added that the government will protect the rights, benefits, and tenure of all employees, but it will do “ultimately what is in the best interest of the shareholders - that’s all of the Bahamian people.”

ch-aviation has reached out to Bahamasair for comment.

About Qatar Airways’s role in scrutinising the Bahamasair business model, Cooper said the state company is leaping forward after the Middle East carrier completed its comprehensive assessment of the state-owned airline. Moreover, Qatar Airways "is continually committed to providing technical assistance to help with the implementation of the significant findings.”

The ch-aviation fleets module shows that Bahamasair’s fleet comprises nine aircraft, including three ATR42-600s, two ATR72-600s, and four B737-700s.