- Bermuda is known all over the world as an economic miracle.
- Connection to the wider world is the second miracle that goes unrecognized.
- There is an intricate relation between the two.
There are few comparatively sized and remote locations as well connected to the world as Bermuda, and that connection comes in myriad forms: financially, recreationally, logistically. Especially logistically.
We are able to take this connection for granted, and we do, because the people whose jobs are to maintain them are great at what they do. Let’s take a look at our cargo shipping. Three ships cross the Atlantic Ocean to the East coast. Two of them travel weekly, and the third crosses three times a month. A ship servicing Bermuda’s cargo requirements visits the US Eastern seaboard one hundred and forty times a year. That is better than a visit every third day!
Now, if we take a look at passenger air traffic things really get interesting. Currently [mid October] seven airlines connect Bermuda to seven major cities and most do this daily, while all connect multiple times per week. During the peak tourist season these linkages span even further.
Let’s conservatively assume that each airline connected Bermuda with a major city four times a week. That’s a whopping twenty-eight flights! Bermuda connected with a major city one thousand, four hundred and fifty-six times. Those cities are spread across three countries and two continents. And they are located in five different regions [six with the Boston flight, which arrives in New England]: the Southeastern USA, the mid-Atlantic area, the Great Lakes region, the Northeast USA and Southern England.
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