Direct flights to Eleuthera touch down on former US Air Base
May 29, 2017
This is what the airport in Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera looks like
Direct flights to Eleuthera will most likely touch down at the North Eleuthera International Airport, but if you are flying from Fort Lauderdale you just might land on a runway built for the United States Air Force at the Governor’s Harbour International Airport.
In the 1950s the US Air Force operated a missile testing range in Eleuthera, along with a US Navy experimental facility. The runway is the living relic of the base, once used to conduct long-range monitoring of guided missiles and rocket launchers.
Many of the heritage sites in Governor’s Harbour are overgrown ruins, but they still hold many historical secrets: Not just for the Bahamas, which operated its first Parliament in 1746 in Governor’s Harbour, but also for the US, which set up its first US Consulate General Office in the Bahamas in the main Eleutheran settlement.
Direct flights to Eleuthera come from four major cities in the United States: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Miami. Most of the flights go directly to North Eleuthera, which is extremely convenient for accessing Harbour Island. However, to move from the North Eleuthera Airport to Governor's Harbour it requires an additional taxi ride ($100). On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, however, Aztec Airlines does make its way directly to Governor’s Harbour.
There are many ways to fly to the Out Islands. Eleuthera is one of seven Out Islands that have international airports with scheduled flights from the US. So when visiting, bypass Nassau, the capital, and fly directly to the international airports in Governor’ Harbour or North Eleuthera.