GRAND BAHAMA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Grand Bahama International Airport Control Tower - Photo: Erik J. Russell
 

INTERNATIONAL, DOMESTIC & PRIVATE AIRPORT

Hutchison Ports GBAC is a privately owned joint venture between Hutchison Ports and The Port Group (The Grand Bahama Port Authority).

Grand Bahama International Airport has an 11,000-ft. runway capable of handling the largest aircraft in service and is within easy reach of all major U.S. destinations. Major upgrading and expansion to the facility were completed in March 2004, enhancing the position as a world class airport. The airport operates a 24-hour service daily.



International Terminal

  • Ultra-modern state-of-the-art facility constructed March 2004

  • US Customs and Border Control Pre-clearance

  • 128,000 sq. ft terminal

  • TSA/ICAO approved security screening

  • Bahamas Customs and Bahamas Immigration available 24 hours

  • Controlled security facility

  • Access Control System

  • Safe Passage System (SPS)

  • Trained security staff

  • Long and short-term parking

  • Duty free gift shops & dining experiences


Domestic Terminal

  • Domestic terminal: 17,000 sq. ft.

  • Food services

  • Short and long-term parking

  • Car rental agencies

  • Trained security staff

  • Access Control System

  • Safe Passage System

  • Gift Shop


FBO (Fixed Base Operation) Terminal

  • 8,000 square foot facility

    1. Professional service

    2. Fueling services with qualified trained refuelers

    3. Ground handling, with GPU & towing services

    4. Executive hangar space rentals

    5. Pilots' lounge

    6. Business centre

    7. Food services


GBAC Quick Facts

  • United States pre-clearance facilities

  • Security screening and baggage handling facilities

  • Provides all ground handling services

  • ICAO & TSA certified security screeners

  • GBAC is within easy reach of all major U.S. destinations

  • Provides all refueling services

  • AVGAS and Jet A1 fuel

  • 55 miles from Florida

  • ILS (Instrument Landing System)

  • VOR and PAPI (Position Approach Path Indicator) Systems

  • 11,000 ft. Runway

  • ICAO Category 7 firefighting capabilities

  • Cargo/Freight handling area

  • Large land area for air cargo, maintenance facilities, storage & related development

  • General Aviation Services, including fueling

  • Smooth traffic flow


General Aviation FBO

Operating hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Additional hours available on request

FBO facility provides a full range of amenities including:

  • On-site Bahamas Customs and Immigration

  • 24-Hour electronic weather information

  • Pilot's lounge

  • Convenient proximity to the city

  • Easy access to public transportation

  • Superior tie down services

  • 7 acre private ramp parking

  • 24-hour security

  • Quick turn around

  • 24-hour services upon request

  • Charter services

  • Wireless Internet

  • Business centre

  • Airport car rentals

  • Catering upon request

  • Coming soon - General Aviation U.S. Pre-clearance


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Contact us with any questions or to make reservations


 

Aircraft Entering The Bahamas

  • A current U.S. passport

  • Inward Declaration and Cruising Permit - C7A form (G-BAC triplicate form)

One (1) Bahamas Immigration Arrival Card per person (pink & white card). (Fill out the front of the card, Customs will stamp and return it to you. Retain the card as it will be needed again when departing the Bahamas).
Card must be picked up at G-BAC front desk or upon arrival at Bahamas Customs.

Aircraft flying into Grand Bahama (Freeport) require an Aircraft Arrival Report.

Download all of the U.S. and Bahamas Customs documents, including Outbound and Inbound Check Lists

Aircraft Entering The U.S.

  • A current U.S. passport.
    Or I-94 W for citizens from VISA-wavered countries (i.e.: United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, France).
    Or I-94 for citizens from countries that require a VISA (i.e.: Mexico, Columbia, Bahamas).

  • Current U.S. Customs decal must be visible on your aircraft. Decal forms (form 339A) can be obtained at:

    • Customs at FXE, FLL, or MIA

    • Download at www.CBP.gov

For decal questions e-mail decals@customs.treas.gov

U.S. Customs Decals are required for re-entry into the U.S. You may depart the U.S. without the decal but you cannot come back into the U.S. without one. Decals are valid for one calendar year.

  • One (1) Customs Declaration form per family. Available at G-BAC or U.S. Customs

  • Private Aircraft Enforcement System Arrival Report – CBP Form 178.

Remember there are THREE Customs stops when flying to the Bahamas. The first stop is upon your arrival INTO the Bahamas, the second stop is upon your departure FROM the Bahamas, and the last stop is upon your arrival INTO the United States.

Outbound Procedures From The United States:

REQUIRED (must be done)

  1. File a Flight Plan (DVFR or IFR)

  2. File an e-APIS manifest outbound (we recommend doing the inbound at the same time). Click Here to Register

  3. A U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest is mandatory for each person on board. A life raft is highly recommended but is not required

  4. Activate Flight Plan before leaving U.S.. Radio frequency: Miami/Fort Lauderdale 122.20

  5. Prior to landing, close your flight plan with Nassau radio on 124.2 or 128.00. In order to close you may call 1.800.WXBRIEF or Nassau 1.242.377.7176. You can also use the phone at your disposal at your airport of entry free of charge.

  6. Must land at an airport of entry (AOE) to clear customs and immigration.

  7. Need to turn in 3 copies of the C7A general declaration form as well as a Bahamas immigration card - 1 per person.

  8. By cooperating with customs and immigration they will be happy to help you.

  9. If you fly VFR, you can contact Miami Flight Service for flight following and issuing a discreet squawk code. Frequency is Fort Lauderdale Executive 128.6

  10. Close VFR Flight Plan

  • Applicable navigation charts:
    MIA sectional & WAC CH 25-26 for VFR and Enroute Low Altitude Caribbean
    5/6 / ELCB5 for IFR

  • Non U.S. citizens must surrender their I-94 upon departure to U.S. Customs.

  • Download all of the U.S. and Bahamas Customs documents, including Outbound and Inbound Check Lists.

PROCEDURE (how to do it)

  1. Flight plan filing - call 1.800.WXBRIEF and file your flight plan over the phone. Computer based systems are also valid such as www.fltplan.com.

  2. File the e-APIS manifest – before filing the e-APIS manifest you need to enroll in the e-APIS manifest program. Click Here to Register

  3. Navigate the e-APIS program to enter pilot and crew information as well as airplane information. This needs to be done ahead of time but at least one hour prior to departure. You need to submit a notice of departure.

  4. You do not need to depart from a US Airport Of Entry (AOE).

  5. Close the flight plan.

  6. Clear Bahamian customs. 

Inward Bound — Returning to the United States

REQUIRED (must be done)

  1. File e-APIS manifest

  2. File a Flight Plan (DVFR or IFR)

  3. Call US Customs at Your Airport of Entry on the East Coast

  4. Depart Bahamas from an Airport of Entry

  5. Activate Flight Plan

  6. Get Discrete Squawk Code (for DVFR and before penetrating ADIZ)

  7. Clear Customs in the US

  8. Close VFR Flight Plan

PROCEDURE (how to do it)

  1. File e-APIS manifest:

    • You need to file the e-APIS manifest to return to US at least one hour prior to departure. This can be done one day or many weeks ahead of time.

  2. Flight Plan & Customs:

    • Either a VFR or IFR international flight plan must be filed. It is recommended to include ADCUS (Advise Customs) in the Remarks box. Regardless of whether you have filed your e-APIS manifest, additionally you MUST call the customs facility at your airport of entry on the EAST coast at least 1 hour in advance to your estimated arrival and give them your tail number, departure point and Zulu estimated arrival time. Occasionally they will ask for the number of crew and passengers and how many are non US. The agent receiving your call will normally give you his 2 letter call sign (his initials) which you should record. If he forgets, be sure to ask him for them since they could be your only proof that you did comply by calling and would save you a hefty fine. There are different ways to go about all this:

      1. SIMPLEST (no waiting in line and better audio): From your hotel room call Miami FSS 1.800.992.7433 or Freeport FSS 242.350.2205 and file. Also call Customs for Tel. numbers and hours of operation.

      2. ACCEPTABLE (possible line and poor audio): AOE airports in the Bahamas, which are the only ones we may depart from, have direct "Speed Dial" to the Nassau FSS (#31) as well as to the Customs facilities in the East Coast. "Speed Dial" numbers for each facility are usually posted by the phone and are also included in our list. This would be your last chance to call Customs!

      3. NOT RECOMMENDED (too much congestion and hassle): File in the air with either Nassau Radio 124.2 / 128.0 or with Freeport Radio 122.3. Not valid if departing from Nassau or Freeport; there you must file before taking off.

  3. Departing Bahamas:

    • At the Customs and Immigration Office of your departure AOE:

      1. Submit your stamped C7A form (Cruising Permit also known as Transire).

      2. For each person onboard (including the pilot) you must pay $25.00 Departure Tax and submit the pink copy of the Immigration Card (under 6 - NO tax)

      3. Submit two C7 General Declaration forms; 3 if you want a stamped copy to prove that you where in the Bahamas.

  4. Activating Your Flight Plan:

    • Once clear of the airport and at altitude, you can activate your flight plan with:

      1. Nassau Radio on 124.2 or 128.0

      2. Freeport Radio on 123.0 if you are in their vicinity (back from Abaco)

      3. Miami Radio 126.7 0r 122.4 - Miami Remote around Nassau 118.4 and around Freeport 126.9.

    • If you are departing from Bimini you may activate your Flight Plan and get your ADIZ Squawk Code (step number 5) on the ground before starting up by transmitting on Miami Remote 122.1 and receiving (listening) on the Bimini VOR 116.7.

  5. Getting a Discrete Squawk Code: (from FSS)

    • Unless you are on a IFR flight plan, you need to get a discrete squawk code before penetrating the ADIZ (around Bimini its only 7 miles west). The sooner the better since it has to get relayed to Customs. When you activated your Flight Plan you probably got a frequency for this purpose. Normally 126.7 / 126.9 will do it.

    • Since ATC might request other codes as the flight progresses, it is good practice to write down the original one and keep it if need arises. If no new squawk code was assigned or no contact with ATC, you are expected to cross the ADIZ using the original one given by FSS.

    • Flight Following is not mandatory but recommended. Depending on location and altitude go to: Nassau 121.0; above 6,000' you are in Miami FIR so Miami 125.7 should work.

    • Closing Flight Plan (VFR) in the air is a sure way of not forgetting to do it with the Customs distractions after landing. 126.7 works for most locations; around FPR - 122.55; PBI - 122.4; FXE and FLL - 126.7.

  6. Clearing US Customs:

    • Must be done immediately after landing (all facilities have bathrooms). Take your entire luggage out of the airplane into customs leaving all aircraft doors open. No photography or cell phone calls are allowed.

    • Documents always required:

      1. Arrival Report Form 178 – This should already be filled out including your decal # and arrival time. If you have no decal, present the decal request form.

      2. Blue Customs form – one per family is enough.

      3. Passports.

      4. If you are not a US or Canadian citizen or if you are not a US resident (green card): one I-94 form per person.

    • Documents sometimes requested:

      1. Aircraft Registration

      2. Airworthiness Certificate

  7. Close Flight Plan: (VFR)

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Runway Facts

  • GPS/RNAV arrival & departure on both ends of runway 06 and 24

    1. Distance remaining markers on left side of runway 06 and right side of runway 24

    2. AWOS 900-111-RVR-CELIOMETERS, providing airfield weather conditions on both runway 6 and 24

    3. GPS

    4. AWOS

    5. RNAV – Global Positioning system

    6. RNAV – Area Navigation

    7. RVR – Runway Visual Range