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Hope Town is the main village on the island of Elbow Cay, just a few miles off the mainland of Great Abaco. Great Abaco is conveniently less than 180 miles east of Florida, and about 100 miles northeast of Nassau. The major cities of Florida's east coast and Nassau serve as the connection hubs to Marsh Harbour- Abaco's main settlement.
Airlines from Florida to Marsh Harbour:
From Ft. Lauderdale: Airgate Aviation, IBC Airways, Sky Bahamas, Bahamasair, Twin Air/Calypso, Bahamas Express, Silver Airways
From West Palm Beach: Treasure Coast Airlines, Bahamasair , Continental, Cherokee Air
From Miami:American Eagle
From New Symrna: Airgate Aviation
From Melbourne: Baer Air
From Jacksonville: Craig Air Center, Airgate Aviation From Fort Pierce: Treasure Coast Airlines
From Stuart: Treasure Coast Airlines
From Orlando: Jetset Premier Air
Airlines from Nassau to Marsh Harbour:
Abaco Air- www.abacoairaviationcentre.com
Bahamas Air- www.bahamasair.com
Bahamas Express - www.flybahamasexpress.com
Sky Bahamas- www.skybahamas.net
US Airways- www.usairways.com
Cherokee Air- www.cherokeeair.com
Airlines from Freeport to Marsh Harbour:
Airlines from Bimini to Marsh Harbour:
Bahamas Express- Bahamas Express
Abaco Air: 242.367.2266 Air Charter Bahamas: 866.359.4752 (toll free) .:. 305.885.6665 Air Flight Charters : 954.359.0320 Airgate Aviation: 386.409.0440 .:. 386.269.2222 Baer Air: 866.453.2605 (toll free) .:. 321.453.2605
Bimini Island Air: 954.938.8991 Cherokee Air: 242.367.1920 Craig Air Center: 888.277.6326 (toll free) .:. 904.641.0300
Jetset Premier Air: 407.856.2267 Sky Bahamas: 242.377.8993 Southern Latitude Airways: 386.689.0307 Twin Air Calypso: 954.359.8266 .:. 242.362.0140 Yellow Air Taxi: 888.935.5694 (toll free) .:. 242.367.0032
Flying the Bahamas is truly simple, well within the capabilities of the lightest single engine aircraft. Leaving the Florida east coast first landfalls occur at Grand Bahamas Island (60 NM) or Bimini (50 NM). Overlapping VOR/DME of NDB signals provide course guidance from the U.S. coast and throughout the most frequently traveled routes in the Bahamas.
All that is required for an aircraft to enter the Bahamas is an e-APIS manifest and an International Flight Plan, filed to any Bahamas airport of entry. Flight plans are mandatory for all operations at Nassau and Freeport, because of the density of traffic and the presence of FSS facilities at both locations. Operations between uncontrolled airports elsewhere in the Bahamas do not require a flight plan, however this protection is highly recommended when flying any appreciable distance over open water.
*NOTE: VFR night flying is prohibited in the Bahamas, during official sunset to sunrise. IFR is easily accomplished.
Direct flight Airport Codes to Know
Marsh Harbour: MHH
Ft. Lauderdale: FLL
West Palm Beach: PBI
Daytona Beach: DAB
St. Augustine: UST
Albury's Ferry Service is the major company serving transportation to Abaco's smaller islands. They have a daily schedule from Marsh Harbour to Hope Town, and they also offer chartered ferries if advance notice is given. Charter ferries should be booked if your flight arrives later than the last scheduled ferry to Hope Town.
Albury's Ferry Service Contact Info:
Phone: 242.367.0290 Fax: 242.367.0291 Cell: 242.359.6861 (for after hours charter scheduling) VHF: Channel 16 call "Albury's Ferry" Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule to Hope Town from Marsh Harbour: 7:15AM, 9:00 AM,10:30AM,12:15PM**, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:45PM Daily
Schedule to Marsh Harbour from Hope Town: 8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM**, 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:30PM Daily
** Not scheduled between August 1st - October 31st.