Statement from Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on Hurricane Maria

12:00 PM EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017


Due to the projected path of Hurricane Maria, hurricane advisories are now in effect for parts of The Islands of the Bahamas, according to The Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

The northern islands of The Bahamas, including Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, The Abacos, The Berry Island, Andros, Bimini, Harbour Island and Eleuthera, do not currently have hurricane warnings in effect. Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Grand Bahama International Airport, cruise ports and other facilities throughout these islands remain open and will continue to be monitored closely.

A hurricane warning is now in effect for the Southeast Bahamas, including the islands of Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Samana Cay. Hurricane conditions are expected in these islands within 36 hours. Residents and visitors to these islands have been advised that strong tropical storm conditions could begin by Thursday night.

A hurricane alert is also in effect for the Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, The Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, meaning hurricane conditions may affect the islands within the next 60 hours.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism anticipates temporary closure of airports and ports on the southeastern islands. Those with travel plans that include these islands are advised to check directly with their air carriers, cruise lines and hotels regarding reservations.

The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles; there could be a tropical storm or hurricane warning for the southern islands the central and northern islands remain unaffected. All visitors and potential visitors are advised to follow the progress of Hurricane Maria closely at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor Hurricane Maria and will provide updates at Bahamas.com/storms.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbours who were adversely affected by Hurricane Maria and all those in its path. We will seek to assist as we can.

The public is informed that the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) has instituted a ban on air travel in The Bahamas on all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices, effective noon DST on Monday October 17, 2016. As a result of the ban, these devices may not be transported by passengers or crew on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.

The banning of these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers; however the safety of all passengers is paramount.

What air travelers should know:

  • If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding. Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  • Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at samsung.com/us/note7recall/
  • If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.
  • If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks. Additionally, the passengers must keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

The BCAA looks forward to the full cooperation of airline operators and the traveling public in this regard as we collectively seek to ensure safe travel.

Friday, October 7, 2016 3:45 P.M.

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will resume normal operations on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

The traveling public is encouraged to contact their respective airlines for flight updates. A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found here.

For further information, please contact:
Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Nassau Airport Development Company
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Tel: 242 702-1000 or 242 376 2176
Email: marketing@nas.bs

Hurricane Matthew Alert #6 – 9:00 A.M. (EST)


Sunday, October 2, 2016


Lynden Pindling International Airport is open and operating as normal today.


A hurricane alert has been issued for The Bahamas. Storm conditions may impact The Bahamas within the next 60 hours.


Travelers are encouraged to contact their respective airlines for flight updates. Airline contacts: List of airlines serving LPIA


Bahamas Department of Meteorology Weather Alert #6: Hurricane Matthew Alert #6