Bahamasair pulling the plug on daily flights
Uncertainty is soaring at Bahamasair where employees have just been informed that the National Flag Carrier will only be operating four days a week.
As of next week, the struggling airline will not have flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Captain Paulo Cartwright, Director of Flight Operations, advised airline employees that the roster changes will take effect on Monday, October 5.
Bahamasair’s Friday and Sunday flight time from Nassau to Freeport has also been changed.
Employees fear that the cut in days will come with a cut in pay.
They told the Gallery that executive management is toying with the idea of
paying staff on a day-to-day basis to cut costs, in keeping with a threat by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis in July to defer a portion of their salary.
The major changes come weeks after the airline got the government’s go-ahead to resume flights after being grounded for weeks.
Airline officials say the passenger count on each domestic flight has been in the single digits. Imagine 50-seaters and 70-seaters carrying less than ten passengers.
Passengers are turned off by the idea of having to foot the bill for a pricy COVID-19 test in order to receive clearance to travel, pay for a plane ticket and quarantine for 14 days.