Airports Act


Published: 1976-10-07

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Airports Act
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CHAPTER 286

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LIST OF AUTHORISED PAGES
1 - 4 LRO 1/2008
5 - 6 Original
7 LRO 1/2008


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Management, etc., of airports.
4. Regulations.
5. Construction of private airport or airfield.
6. Registration of airfields.
7. Entry on airfield.
8. Cancellation of registration.
9. Duty of Director to maintain register.
10. Charges by Minister.
11. Amendment of Schedule.
12. Offences.
13. Helicopters.

SCHEDULE — Airports.


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An Act to make provision for the management,

control and supervision of airports in The Bahamas and for
matters connected therewith.

[Assent 13th August, 1976]
[Commencement 7th October, 1976]

1. This Act may be cited as the Airports Act.
2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“airfield” means any area of land designed, equipped,

set apart or used for affording facilities for the
take-off and landing of aircraft used —
(a) for private purposes; or
(b) for non-scheduled journeys;

“airport” means a Government airport or a private
airport;

“Department” means the Department of Civil Avia-
tion:

“Director” means the Director of Civil Aviation;
“Government airport” means any of the airports

specified for the time being in the Schedule;
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Civil

Aviation;
“private airport” means any aerodrome which is

licensed under section 61 of the Colonial Air
Navigation Order, 1961.

3. The Minister shall have the general management
and control of every Government airport including the
land, buildings, plant, equipment and facilities thereof.

4. (1) The Minister may make regulations for the
management, control and supervision of airports and in
particular may make regulations —

(a) securing the safety of the public at or near
airports from personal injury or from fire or
otherwise;

10 of 1976
8 of 1977
8 of 1978
S.I. 32/2006

Short title.

Interpretation.

Schedule.

Management,
etc., of airports.

Regulations.

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(b) regulating vehicular traffic on any airport and
prescribing the conditions under which vehicles
may ply for hire at or on any Government
airport;

(c) prescribing the limits within which the public
may have access to any airport;

(d) regulating and restricting the admission of
persons whether as passengers, or otherwise, to
any part of any airport;

(e) securing the safety or freedom from interference
of any instrument or structure in which any
instrument is placed, in any airport;

(f) with respect of the issue of permits for all
purposes relating to the use of a Government
airport or any part thereof, and conditions of
issue of such permits and conditions to be
observed by the holders of such permits;

(g) securing the safety of aircraft and vehicles using
any airport;

(h) regulating and restricting advertising within any
airport;

(i) prescribing and regulating the payment and
collection of fees for permits pursuant to any
regulations;

(j) regulating the parking of motor vehicles, and
prescribing the charges to be paid in respect of
the parking of such vehicles at any Government
airport;

(k) providing for the removal of motor vehicles
parked at any Government airport in breach of
any regulations, at the expense and risk of the
owners thereof;

(l) annexing to the contravention of or failure to
comply with any regulations made under this
section of a fine not exceeding one thousand
dollars or to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding six months or both such fine and
imprisonment.

(2) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply
with any regulations made under this Act may be removed
or ejected from the Government airport or the private
airport, as the case may be, by the Director, a peace officer
or the owner of the private airport or on their instructions

8 of 1978, s. 2.

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and may, in addition to any punishment to which he is
liable for contravention of or failure to comply with such
regulation, be deprived of the further use of the
Government airport or private airport and its facilities for
such time as in the opinion of the Director, peace officer or
owner of the private airport, may be necessary to ensure
the safety of such airport or the public.

(3) Any person who, being a person deprived of the
use of any airport or its facilities pursuant to subsection (2),
comes upon that airport during the period in respect of
which he has been deprived of such use shall be guilty of
an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not
exceeding one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for six
months or both such fine and imprisonment.

5. (1) No person shall construct or commence to
construct any private airport or any airfield in The
Bahamas without the prior permission in writing of the
Minister.

(2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall
be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to
a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars or to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both
such fine and imprisonment.

6. (1) No person shall operate, or permit the
operation on land occupied by him of any airfield which is
not registered in accordance with the following subsections
of this section.

(2) Application for the registration of an airfield
under this section shall be made in writing to the Director
by or on behalf of the occupier of the land on which the
same is constructed and shall contain such particulars as
may be prescribed, and the application shall be
accompanied by a survey plan of the airfield concerned.

(3) Where an application is made under subsection
(2), the Minister may register the airfield upon such terms
and conditions as he may think fit to impose.

7. Any officer of the Department authorised in
writing by the Minister or any peace officer may, at any
hour of the day or night enter upon, inspect and observe the
operation of any registered airfield, and any person who
obstructs an officer of the Department or a peace officer in
exercise of his powers under this section shall be


Construction of
private airport or
airfield.

Registration of
airfields.

Entry on airfield.

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guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a
fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or to imprisonment
for a term not exceeding six months or both such fine and
imprisonment.

8. (1) The Minister may in writing at any time,
subject to the provisions of subsection (2) cancel any
registration of an airfield in any case where there is a breach of
any of the terms and conditions subject to which the
registration was granted.

(2) Prior to the cancellation of a registration under
subsection (1), the Minister shall in writing inform the
occupier of the registered airfield of the grounds on which
he considers that the registration ought to be cancelled and
require the occupier to show cause within a specified time
why the registration should not be cancelled; and if either
the occupier fails to comply with that requirement within
the time specified or the cause shown is inadequate in the
opinion of the Minister, the Minister may cancel such
registration.

9. The Director shall maintain a register of all
airfields registered under this Act and there shall be entered
therein the particulars required in respect of each such
airfield; and such register shall be open to inspection by
any member of the public at all reasonable times at the
offices of the Department.

10. The Minister may make such charges as he thinks
fit in respect of the following —

(a) the rendering of any services;
(b) the provision of any facilities;
(c) the rent of any land;
(d) the rent of any building or part thereof;
(e) the granting of any concessions at any Govern-

ment airport.
11. The Minister may by order vary the Schedule by

adding thereto or otherwise amending the Schedule.
12. Any person who —
(a) being the owner or occupier of land operates it or

permits its operation as an unregistered airfield;
or

(b) being the occupier of a registered airfield
operates it or knowingly permits its operation
for an unlawful purpose; or

Cancellation of
registration.

Duty of Director
to maintain
register.

Charges by
Minister.
8 of 1978, s. 2.

Amendment of
Schedule.

Offences.

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(c) being the pilot of an aircraft lands otherwise than
in an emergency or takes off at an unregistered
airfield, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on
summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two
thousand five hundred dollars or to imprisonment
for a term not exceeding two years or both such
fine and imprisonment.

13. (1) A helicopter shall not take off or land at a
place in The Bahamas other than an airfield or airport
except with the written permission of the Minister and
subject to such conditions and restrictions (if any) as the
Minister may think fit to impose.

(2) Any person who contravenes the provisions of
this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on
summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand
five hundred dollars or to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprison-
ment.

SCHEDULE (Section 2, 11)

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Lynden Pindling International
Airport

New Providence

Oakes Field New Providence
George Town Exuma
Marsh Harbour Abaco
Treasure Cay Abaco
Northern Eleuthera Eleuthera
South Bimini South Bimini
Deadman’s Cay Long Island
New Bight Cat Island
Arthur’s Town Cat Island
Congo Town Andros
Clarence A. Bain Andros
Crooked Island Crooked Island
Great Inagua Great Inagua
Ragged Island Ragged Island
San Salvador San Salvador



Helicopters.
8 of 1977, s. 2.

S.I. 80/1980.
S.I. 32/2006.