Saturday, December 29, 2018

Here's the latest from the 242, the last weekend of 2018.

Our apologies for the late newsletter - we are enjoying our HOLIDAYS off a little bit too much! As we enter into 2019, we are trying a new look and layout - we'd love your feedback.


When Will We Deal with Bahamasair?

Dear Readers,

As we end the new year, most of the conversations we have been hearing as we meet friends at parties or saw posts on social media, have been about Bahamasair. And let's be honest - none of it - has been good!

The weather seems to be the bain of Bahamasair at the moment, both this week and last week customers have been left to wait hours for flights. Though most of us know the saying..."if you have time to spare, fly Bahamasair" it seems now it can sometimes be over 14hours or more. Customers were bumped off their flights, waited ridiculous hours to travel, luggage was delayed and as per usual for this airline, updates were not given, food was not provided and staff were sadly typically rude.


As the National Airline for a country that's just been given the honour of "Destination of the Year" by Caribbean Travel Awards, it's not an auspicious start to 2019. Sadly our airline has not been known for its phenominal service, its business like acumen or its friendly customer service. It is known for over staffing, bumping ticket holders for friends and for loosing millions of dollars a year.

Yet each year we still keep this airline going and despite each Ministers promises, restructuring attempts and new routes... its customer service never seems to improve. It's a shame, it has all the makings for a great airline, wonderful pilots (who everyone trusts as they know to avoid the rough patches), great colourful logo, pretty planes (not so smelly anymore), a good call in centre and of course those oh so friendly stewardesses with those amazing fake British accents.

But despite these good things...each year some event happens to remind us how horrible the staff seem to treat Bahamians and worse - thousands of tourists! It's sad to say, but is this something we need to keep? Does this airline benefit us - we can only imagine the comments on Expedia.com about a 2 and half hour wait on the tarmac with no drinks or bathroom services allowed. (See the video on whats app - it was awful)

As we head into a New Year, as we have begun to divest ourselves of phone companies, power companies, hotels...is it not time to DEAL or bid a fond farewell to our airline service?

#242editorial

The Islands Of The Bahamas Snags Two Top Best Caribbean Awards

NASSAU, Bahamas: The Islands Of The Bahamas continues to dominate tourism in the Caribbean. So says Caribbean Journal which bestowed on the destination two key awards in its Caribbean Travel Awards 2018: Best Caribbean Destination and Best Caribbean Tourism Minister. Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering Caribbeantravel and tourism. 

Pelican Bay Celebrates 12 days of Christmas on Social Media with Customers
Freeport, Grand Bahama – The ‘Happiest Hotel’ on Grand Bahama recently spread some Christmas cheer in the lives of three lucky customers who entered to win fabulous prizes in Pelican Bay Hotel’s ‘12 Days of Christmas Social Media Giveaway’.

The hotel launched the ‘12 Days of Christmas Social Media Giveaway’ as a part of the recent unveiling of forty-five newly decorated rooms, which were remodeled during the property’s four-million-dollar renovation project.

Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations by the Canadian Government – Biometric Expansion

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas wishes to advise the Bahamian public of a Regulatory Amendment by the Canadian Government. Canada is in the final phases of expanding its biometrics program globally to include all foreign nationals (unless exempt) who are applying for a visitor visa, a study or work permit (excluding U.S nationals), and/or a temporary resident permit, and all those applying for permanent residence or claiming refugee or asylum status.
BAHAMASAIR RELEASE
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL RELATED DELAYS
Thursday – December 27, 2018
NASSAU, BAHAMAS: Bahamasair is advising the public that due to earlier weather related challenges today at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Air Traffic Control (ATC) held a number of flights on the ground.
As a result of these Air Traffic Control related challenges a number of our flights are now carrying significant delays, as well as our flight 320 which was returned to Freeport after holding in the air for 35 minutes.

The Nassau Night Market brings new nightlife to the downtown area.
Founder of the Nassau Night Market, Brandon Kemp, receives a check of $10,000 from Collin Murphy of
Global Ports Holding for the development of the Nassau Night Market.

New Ambassador Appointment
Appointment of Ms Maria O’Brien, Ambassador designate to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the European Union (EU)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas announces the appointment of Ms Maria O’Brien as Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the European Union (EU). To read the full story - click here
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