St. Kitts is poised for growth with extended summer season air service
St. Kitts is pleased to announce that both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will be extending their existing non-stop Saturday flights to St. Kitts from JFK to include the month of May 2020, providing continuous service from peak season through summer. With both airlines increasing service at a time when they traditionally hiatus, the additional flights help to position St. Kitts for the summer season and full-year air passenger arrivals growth.
“I could not be more pleased to receive this additional airlift from our two North American airline partners with the most capacity into St. Kitts,” said Minister Grant. “Having just met with American Airlines on November 7, 2019, at their new headquarters in Dallas Fort Worth and received an update about our JFK gateway for May, the additional service is a clear testament to their trust in our development as a tourism destination. These extra operations by American and Delta from JFK, our top U.S. source market for visitors, effectively eliminate their normally-scheduled May hiatus, making it easier for potential visitors and Kittitian nationals to reach the island this summer. Having continuous non-stop flights from peak season through the summer increases our appeal as a premier leisure destination and demonstrates the success of our strategy to continue our momentum of growth.”
Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority added, “This bold move by American and Delta is a direct result of our specific marketing strategy to build out St. Kitts’ summer season in support of overall tourism growth. Last year, we set a new record for air passenger arrivals and we are on track to exceed those numbers again this year. This extended air service for 2020 positions us for even further growth next year and is a clear indication of the strength of our relationships with the airline network planners handling the Caribbean region.”
St. Kitts’ airlift strategy consists of continuing to nurture relationships with the airlines to systematically build out air bridges to/from identified target gateways to grow service in a sustainable manner that will support new and existing hotel developments as well as all local tourism stakeholders while making the island increasingly easy and affordable for air travellers to reach.