Alaska Airlines marks first ever nonstop Nassau flights from West Coast

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 in flight.
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The Islands of The Bahamas and Alaska Airlines have partnered to inaugurate nonstop routes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

The new services operate to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, the thriving capital of the Caribbean destination.

New Bahamas Gateway

Launched on December 14 and 15 respectively, these new routes represent a significant leap for West Coast travelers, offering convenient access to the Bahamas’ pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture.

“The Bahamas is committed to establishing new partnerships, such as these exciting new routes with Alaska Airlines,” expressed The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation.

“They will enhance accessibility to our beautiful shores for all to experience the warm hospitality and rich heritage that awaits,” he stated.

Surpassing record-breaking tourism arrivals in 2023, exceeding 8 million visitors, the Bahamas anticipates this momentum to continue with the added convenience of these new services.


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A Bahamian Welcome

Passengers arriving at Lynden Pindling International Airport were greeted with a spirited and traditional Bahamian Junkanoo welcome, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience in The Bahamas.

“Our roster of increased flight service is transporting passengers to countries we’ve never served before, opening gateways to exciting new destinations,” noted Kirsten Amrine, vice president of revenue management and network planning for Alaska Airlines.

“For the first time, with the launch of our new routes from both Seattle and Los Angeles to Nassau, our West Coast travelers can visit the pristine islands and turquoise waters of The Bahamas.”

Nassau: Gateway to the Bahamas

According to Latia Duncombe, Director General at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, Nassau is the metropolitan offering known as the gateway to The Bahamas.

Visitors unlock access to 16 distinct island destinations with only one passport stamp, revealing thrilling adventures from snorkeling the Andros Barrier Reef to big game fishing in The Abacos.

Nassau and Paradise Island boast luxury resorts, diverse dining, shopping, vibrant nightlife, and endless authentic Bahamian culture.

From art exhibits to historical landmarks, the bustling capital serves as the launch pad to unlock the splendor of all 16 islands in The Bahamas.

Tourism Enthusiastic Welcome

“We are thrilled to welcome the first nonstop flights on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles and Seattle, making it easier than ever for those on the West Coast to visit our beautiful destination,” exclaimed Joy Jibrilu, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board CEO.

The strategic expansion, a result of collaborative efforts between the destination and airline partners, promises an exploration of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and world-class resorts.

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