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Grand Bahama International Airport

Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA) (IATA: FPO, ICAO: MYGF) is a privately owned international airport in Freeport, Bahamas.

The airport is a joint venture between Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and The Port Group (or the Grand Bahama Port Authority). The facility also includes 741 acres (300 ha) of land that adjoins it to the Freeport Harbour Company Limited as they operate as one entity, known as the Sea Air Business Centre (SABC).

Grand Bahama International Airport
  • IATA: FPO
  • ICAO: MYGF
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Hutchison Port Holdings and the Grand Bahama Port Authority
Operator Grand Bahama Airport Company
Location Freeport, Bahamas
Hub for Passenger

  • Bahamasair
  • SkyBahamas Airlines
  • Western Air
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 26°33′31″N
078°41′44″W
Map
MYGF is located in Bahamas

MYGF
Location in the Bahamas
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,360 11,024 Asphalt

Facilities

The airport has a 3,359 m × 46 m (11,020 ft × 151 ft) runway which is capable of handling the largest aircraft in service and is relatively close to all major cities of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Grand Bahama International Airport is one of two Bahamian airports that has US border preclearance facilities (the other being Lynden Pindling).

Some other features that are available at the Grand Bahama International Airport are:

  1. ILS (Instrument Landing System)
  2. VOR system
  3. PAPI (Precision approach path indicator) system
  4. Distance-remaining markers
  5. Category seven (7) fire fighting facilities
  6. General aviation services
  7. Special cargo/freight handling area
  8. Air conditioned passenger terminal (Set temp: 28 degrees C)

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Charlotte, Miami
Bahamasair Fort Lauderdale, Nassau
Seasonal: Orlando
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
Flamingo Air Great Harbour Cay, Marsh Harbour, Moore’s Island, South Bimini, Walker’s Cay
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
SkyBahamas Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Nassau, Providenciales, South Bimini
Sunwing Airlines Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Western Air Marsh Harbour, Nassau, South Bimini

Cargo

Airlines Destinations
IBC Airways Miami

Accidents and incidents

  • On 12 November 1964, Lockheed Lodestar N171Q stalled after take-off and was destroyed by fire in the subsequent crash, killing all four people on board.
  • On 22 November 1966, de Havilland DH.125 N235KC of Florida Commuter Airlines crashed into the sea 7.3 km (3.9 nmi) off Grand Bahamas during an illegal flight from Miami, Florida.
  • On 24 November 1979, Convair 440-86 N444JM of Mackey International Airlines was on an international non-scheduled passenger flight to Fort Lauderdale International Airport when the starboard engine caught fire just after take-off. On approach to Grand Bahamas International, the engine fell off. On landing, the aircraft departed the runway and ended up in the sea. All 46 people on board escaped from the aircraft.
  • On 12 September 1980, Douglas DC-3A N75KW of Florida Commuter Airlines, operating a scheduled international passenger flight from West Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, Florida, United States to Grand Bahama International Airport crashed into the sea 6.5 kilometres (3.5 nmi) off West End. All 34 on board were killed.
  • On 20 July 2000, Douglas C-47A N54AA of Allied Air Freight suffered an engine failure on take-off from Grand Bahama International Airport on a cargo flight to Nassau International Airport, Bahamas. The aircraft crashed while attempting to return to Grand Bahama International and was destroyed. Both crew were killed.
  • On 9 November 2014, a Lear 36 Executive Jet crashed on approach to the airport. All nine people on board perished, including evangelist Myles Munroe and his wife.
  • On 7 February 2017, a Western Air Saab 340 passenger aircraft landing gear failed shortly after takeoff. The aircraft turned around and crashed landed at the airport. All 30 passengers survived and 2 sustained minor injuries.
  • From September 1–3, 2019, the airport was pelted by Hurricane Dorian, leaving the airport under six feet of water and heavily damaged.

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General Info
Country Bahamas, The
ICAO ID MYGF
Time UTC-5 (-4DT)
Latitude 26.558686
26° 33' 31.27" N
Longitude -78.695553
078° 41' 43.99" W
Elevation 7 feet
2 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 006° W (05/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Island Group Grand Bahama I
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Second Sunday in March at 0200 to first Sunday in November at 0200 local time (Exception Arizona and that portion of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone)


Communications
TWR 118.5
GND 121.7
APP 126.5


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 11019 x 151 feet
3359 x 46 meters
ASPHALT 059FCWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME ZFP FREEPORT 079X 113.2 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
CAUTION Four twr lctd vcnty of arpt fr 120' to 220'.WIP. A bird activity control programis ongoing at the aerodrome to lessen the risk of bird strikes. A Wingaway BirdAlarm System is in use.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)



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