BIMINI FLIGHTS 
Effective: August 1st, 2014

Bimini

Island Air Charters offers charter service to Bimini seven days per week, and per seat, ticketed travel to and from Bimini on specific days during the week.

If Bimini is your final destination, please call us at 800 444 9904, or 954 359 9942 for a charter quote or for flight availability.

A note to our customers:

All charter rates and passenger tickets include the following taxes and fees assessed each passenger by the U.S. Govenment:

     Departing the United States:

  1. U.S. International Air Travel Facility Tax - $ 17.50 

     Returning to the United States:

  1. U.S. International Air Travel Facility Tax - $17.50
  2. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility Use Fee - $3.50
  3. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Inspection Fee - $ 5.50
  4. U.S. Immigration Processing Fee - $7.00
  5. U.S. Agricultural Inspection Fee - $5.00

 

Please note that, since passports are now required for all air travelers regardless of age (infants included) the U.S. taxes and fees noted above are applicable to all air travelers.

The following fees are to be paid IN CASH ONLY by passenger/charterer directly to Bahamian officials:

Bahamian Customs and Immigration Overtime Fee - $63.00

  • Assessed any day for flights arriving or departing before 9:00 AM

  • Assessed any day for flights arriving or departing after 5:00 PM 

  • Assessed on all Bahamian Holidays

Bahamian Departure Tax: - $25.00

  • Assessed per person for all passengers over the age of six.

Weight Limits

There is a weight limit of 40 pounds per person for luggage. Weight in excess of the 40 pound limit will be transported at a rate of $1.00 per pound.  Additionally, excess luggage will only be transported on a space available basis either on the same flight, or on the next available flight.

WHEN TO SHOW UP FOR YOUR FLIGHT

To satisfy U.S. Government reporting requirements, passengers must check-in no less than  45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.  Due to U.S. Government reporting requirements, late arrivals cannot and will not be boarded.

 

PASSPORTS

All US citizens regardless of age (infants included) must have a current and valid passport to enter the Bahamas and the United States.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.  Non US citizens may travel on an Alien Registration Card or foreign passport.


BIMINI PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:
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A Lesson on Charter Rates.... 

To begin with, charter rates are one-way.  If you plan on flying out to Bimini on one date and returning to the US on a subsequent date, to meet your travel needs you will require two separate charter flights.

In situations where you require the exclusive use of one of our aircraft for an entire day, depending upon our existing flight schedule for that day, we may be able to accommodate you. 

In this situation, you will be required to pay the greater of - the hourly rate of the aircraft make and model used - times four (4) hours, or the actual flight hours used, plus pilot waiting time in excess of 1.5 hours on the ground between the outbound and inbound flights.

For example.  Suppose you want to take aerial photos of your yacht in and around Bimini, and you want those photos to take advantage of both the "cool" early morning light and the "hot" evening light prevalent around sunset.  Let's suppose that you decide you want to take photos around noon too.  In this situation you would require the all day use of one of our aircraft. 

The basic cost would be the hourly rate of the aircraft times four (4) hours, and would include flight time from Fort Lauderdale out to Bimini, the time spent flying around your yacht in the morning, around noon, and in the evening, and the flight time back to Fort Lauderdale.  If the total flight time is less than four hours, you would be responsible for paying for four (4) hours flight time, plus the expenses incurred on each flight such as fuel surcharges (for the actual hours flown only), landing fees, ramp use fees, facility fees, customs and immigration processing fees both here in the US and in the Bahamas, plus all other fees not mentioned. 

Should your actual flight time be more than four (4) hours, you would be responsible for whatever those hours were, plus the expenses incurred (mentioned above). 

Additionally, you would be responsible for pilot waiting fees between flights in excess of a combined total of 1.5 hours. 

You should note that full and partial day use rates are quoted on an individual basis.

 

FLIGHT DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS

All flights arrive and depart from the Sheltair FBO facility (formerly known as the Jet Center) on the west side of the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (directions).

Should you wish to depart from, or be dropped off at a location other than the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, for the fee of positioning the aircraft before and after the flight, we can depart from just about any airport.  Pre- and post-flight positioning fees are calculated on an individual basis using direct line distances in nautical miles from the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to the airport of your choice.  Inbound international flights must land and clear U.S. Customs and Immigration at the closest international airport along the route of flight before proceeding to another airport.

To satisfy U.S. Government reporting requirements, passengers must check-in no less than  45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.  Due to U.S. Government reporting requirements, late arrivals cannot and will not be boarded.
 

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions regarding your travel plans to and from the Bahamas.  We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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