Silver Airways is launching twice-weekly non-stop service between Jacksonville and Nassau on May 28.

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In extending its bookable flight schedule through November 4, Southwest Airlines has announced it is launching six new U.S. domestic routes and one new international route on August 7.

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Southwest Airlines will expand its fledgling international-service network by offering new flights to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Mexico from August 10 and early October, as well as launching other new international services.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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On July 1, Southwest Airlines will begin operating daily, non-stop flights linking Atlanta with Aruba and Montego Bay; Baltimore/Washington International Airport with Aruba, Nassau, and (twice daily) Montego Bay; and Orlando with Aruba (on Saturdays only) and Montego Bay.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Lynden Pindling International Airport, the airport serving Nassau and the islands of New Providence and Paradise Island, opened its new International Arrivals Terminal on October 16. The new terminal represents the second stage of a planned three-stage, $409 million redevelopment.

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United Airlines plans to launch year-round and seasonal service on several new international and domestic routes, including new, daily transpacific and transatlantic flights from San Francisco, its largest Pacific gateway.

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Delta plans to launch new or expanded service to 10 destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida from New York LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, continuing its program of service expansion in New York. The new flights will begin in late 2012 and early 2013.

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Southwest Airlines has confirmed its intent to retain AirTran Airways’ operations at an additional 15 U.S. domestic airports and seven international airports, but Southwest is dropping six AirTran destinations. Over time, Southwest will convert AirTran’s flights to Southwest operations at the 53 AirTran cities it has decided to keep.

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Delta Air Lines is adding 12 new daily flights to 11 domestic and Caribbean destinations from New York JFK and New York LaGuardia in spring and summer 2012.

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Lighthouses still stand watch throughout the islands of The Bahamas and The Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society safeguards three of the world’s few remaining kerosene-burning, hand-wound lighthouses.

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The new JetBlue Airways daily service will begin on November 15, 2011, subject to government approval. If approved, the service will represent Westchester County Airport’s only international flight.

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Panama’s Copa Airlines is adding three new destinations in December – Chicago O’Hare International Airport; Cucuta, Colombia; and Asunción in Paraguay – to bring the airline’s total of new destinations in 2011 to seven.

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Momentum is gathering for the transformation of the shabby downtown area of Nassau, the biggest city in The Bahamas, into a vibrant residential and retail center integrated with the city’s Cruise Port and a major attraction for the huge Atlantis resort on nearby Paradise Island.

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On a three-hour luncheon cruise from Nassau, I was expecting a tour-boat. But imagine my surprise when I walked out on to the marina dock behind the Poop Deck Yacht Haven restaurant just east of downtown Nassau and found I’d be sailing on the M/Y Equinox, an 81-foot motor yacht.

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Even more remarkable than the resort’s planned 1,000-acre size and its cost is the huge ambition of Baha Mar’s developers – the Izmirlian family and Bank of Nova Scotia – in trying to building the resort in one single, enormous push.

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Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport has completed the first major step in a $409.5 million redevelopment which will see its capacity almost double by late 2013 to 5.2 million passengers. LPIA’s redevelopment is the largest public-sector project in the nation’s 38-year history.

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I’m at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort – also called the Sheraton Cable Beach – on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.

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