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Old 29-01-2015, 09:37   #1
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Bahama Float Planes

I'm looking at flight options between the Bahamas (various locations) and either MIA or FLL airports and a friend off-handedly remarked "take a float plane"...

So, anyone have experience with these? Costs for a single passenger? I have gone online and looked but pricing, scheduling, and reliability is actually hard to find since these airplanes don't seem to use a regular booking or pricing system.
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Re: Bahama Float Planes

They are probably part 135, which means Air Charter.
In other words they leave when you show up and pay, as opposed to on a schedule, they may try to follow a loose schedule, but I doubt one will fly without enough tickets sold to pay for the trip.

Now if you can find bigger ones like the Grumman Geese, twin Otter's etc. they may be scheduled, but I thought they were all gone now?
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Re: Bahama Float Planes

They do exist, but sorry, no info to help you out.

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Maybe take a look at this thread for more ideas? - Airlines servicing Marsh Harbour (MHH) - Abaco Forum

Also check out Watermaker. They seem quite busy. Not sure if they have any float planes, though. Watermakers Air

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Re: Bahama Float Planes

I did look at Watermaker they list prices in the $360's for roundtrip from standard locations but their schedules seem limited. There are tons of float planes here in the Keys. When I flew out of KW a few weeks ago, there must have been two dozen at the airport.

I'm hoping to find a plane that will pick me up right from the boat, so I don't have to go to the airport.
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Re: Bahama Float Planes

I called this company https://www.miamiseaplane.com/charters.php looking to fly some folks into Bimini and their rates were quite reasonable. Until they told me the cost of the customs/immigration service that has to come out to Rickenbacker causeway to do their thing which they pass on to you. So it's very possible but a little pricey. I have used http://www.flamingoairbah.com/ to fly into Staniel cay $105.00


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There are always private parties who will unofficially transport you by private plane. A large percentage of the pilots in The Bahamas do not have flying licenses, however.
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