MIAMI, USA, October 30, 2006 – Chalk International Airlines is set to resume flights to the Bahamas early next month, almost a year after one of its seaplanes crashed and killed 20 people off Miami Beach on Dec. 19, 2005.
Airline officials have received U.S. government approval to resume flying on Nov. 9 from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini and Nassau.
Passengers will be flown in on aircrafts leased from Big Sky Airlines of Billings of Montana. Company officials also say they hope to increase flights from other destinations in the Bahamas.
The announcement of the resumption of flights by Chalk comes even though the National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released its final report on the crash and as investigations continue into determining whether or not Chalks’ Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard had received adequate inspections and maintenance.
Meanwhile, for its November service resumption, carrier officials are offering a special rate of $170 to $199 per round trip for U.S. nationals traveling to the Island. This includes taxes. (Hardbeatnews.com)