Ft. Lauderdale-based Tropic Ocean Airways, which re-instituted regular seaplane service to the region in 2012, is partnering with IJet Charters, also of Ft. Lauderdale, to offer direct scheduled public charter flights to Hope Town in the Abacos, Bahamas. The flights from Ft. Lauderdale initially will be available on Fridays and Sundays beginning in February.
“What often is at least a half-day time investment for travelers — connecting flights through South Florida to Marsh Harbour and then a cab and ferry to a final destination in Hope Town — is now cut dramatically through our ability to taxi directly up to the beaches at Hope Town,” said Jim Swieter, founder of IJet Charters. “We fly out of Sheltair at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport (FLL), which streamlines the check-in process and customs on returning flights. Sheltair also provides a free shuttle service for those connecting through the main terminal as well as free parking.”
The seaplane flight time to Hope Town is about an hour and 10 minutes. In service will be Tropic Ocean Airways’ new eight-passenger Cessna Caravan Amphibian Turbo Jet. Round-trip tickets are expected to be priced starting at $699 per person, inclusive of all taxes and fees. Charters are available immediately with direct scheduled public charter flights starting in February.