Jul 07 Problem at Antigua airport sees flights sent to St Kitts Air traffic, Antigua, chemical gas leak, Antigua airport closed, St. Kitts, LIAT, American Airlines, British Airways, Puerto Rico, flight delays, flights diverted to St. Kitts



St Kitts' Robert L Bradshaw International Airport became an unexpected host for American Airlines and British Airways flights after the sudden closure of Antigua's VC Bird International Airport.

The planes, which were heading to other destinations after stopping at Antigua, were grounded yesterday afternoon.

WIC News has reached out to both airlines for comment.

Stanley Smith, chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, said the closure occurred after chemical fumes leaked into the control tower.


Delays


He said workers who were on shift had to be evacuated to safety while the tower was flushed to ensure the air was clean.

"We apologized to customers for the delay to their journey after our flight diverted to St Kitts following the closure of the control tower at Antigua Airport," a British Airways spokesman told WIC News.

"The aircraft was refuelled and the flight continued on to Antigua."

According to Antigua's Observer Media, flights headed for the twin-island nation were diverted to both St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Operations resumed shortly after 3pm AST but by then a number of LIAT's flights were already affected, were Virgin Atlantic and BA flights from London.

Two American Airlines flights from Miami and JFK airports were diverted from Antigua and Barbuda.

Source: http://wicnews.com/caribbean/problem-at-antigua-airport-sees-flights-sent-to-st-kitts-59533470/


Oct 17 Increase in Passengers Arrivals to St. Kitts St. Kitts, tourism, air lines, flights to st. kitts, increase in arrivals, American Airlines, Miami flight, New York flight, Winair, LIAT, British Airways



BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, October 15th 2013 (CUOPM) - The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting increases in passenger arrivals and departures at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts for the month of August this year compared to the same period last year.

Figures from SCASPA's Department of Finance & Statistics indicate that 11,179 passengers arrived in August 2013 compared to 10,417, an increase of 762, passengers, up 7.31 percent.

The department is also reporting a 3.86 percent increase in departures, with 12,815 passengers leaving in August this year compared to 12,363 passengers in August 2012.

American Airlines, which operates 11 flights per week from Miami International and New York's JFK International, continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

SCASPA disclosed that American Airlines brought in 5,421 passengers on 46 flights in August.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 3,610 passengers from 184 flights, followed by British Airways with 809 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was US Airways with 601 passengers from five flights.

WINAIR brought in 228 passengers from 66 flights and a Miami Air charter with 187 passengers from 1 flight.

It also reported that 421 passengers arrived aboard 96 private aircraft.

Flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport increased from 439 in August last year to 585 this year, an increase of 146 in August this year, up 146 or 33.28 percent.

The number of flights out also increased from 439 in August last year to 586 in August this year, an increase of 147 or 33.56 percent.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/80251


May 06 Aviation ministers meet to discuss single Caribbean airline St. Kitts, Barbados, LIAT, BWIA, Eastern Caribbean, one airline, CARICOM



St. Kitts and Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt was among Caribbean aviation and transport ministers who met in St. Vincent on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline.

Host Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonslaves speaking at a news conference, said that while his administration has no objection to the formation of a single airline to serve the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, such initiatives in the past have not borne fruit.

"At the end of this month, we are hosting here a meeting on air transportation in CARICOM... as you know there are many issues outstanding and as you know I am always amused that the people who are supposed to be thinking about public policy don't look beyond the headlines."

He said five or six years ago, then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, dissolved BWIA, formed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and paid off all their debts.

But he said that in 2011, CAL made a loss of US$44 million "and last year they made a loss in the sum of close to US$84 million.

"That is plenty money in any language whatsoever and there is re-thinking of certain things and the call has been made by many persons for one Caribbean airline.

"We have no problem with that," he said, noting that the fine print would need to be examined.

"I am very mindful before BWIA was dissolved, BWIA took decisions where they simply cut off a lot of flights without notice to Barbados, which affected us here in the Eastern Caribbean and I see on more than one occasion where they have acted not consistent with our own transportation needs.

"I am not going to leave the bone of LIAT for the shadow of something else. So I would like to see a complete revamping of air transportation in the region so that we can get all the relevant synergies," CMC quotes the Prime Minister as saying.

Gonsalves has been critical of Port-of-Spain for providing a subsidy to CAL which he said goes against the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/73117


Apr 26 American Airlines maintains leading carrier status into Robert Bradshaw Airport American Airlines, Air Canada, LIAT, WinAir, British Airways, US Airways, Delta Air, Miami Air Charter, Trans Anguilla, Air Anguilla, passengers to St. Kitts, St. Kitts tourism, flights to St. Kitts



American Airlines flight taking off from St. Kitts Bradshaw International AirportAmerican Airlines continues to be the leading passenger carrier into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

The St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA), which reported a total of 12,874 passenger arrivals in March, disclosed that American Airlines brought in 6,243 passengers on 50 flights, while its commuter carrier brought in 705 from 28 flights, a total of 6,945 passengers from 78 flights.

The second leading carrier was LIAT with 2,384 passengers from 185 flights, followed by British Airways with 900 passengers on 9 flights.

SCASPA's Department of Finance and Statistics reported that next in line was Delta Air with 842 passengers from five flights; US Airways, 664 passengers from five flights; Air Canada, 586 passengers from five flights and Miami Air charter, 171 passengers from 2 flights. WINAIR brought in 108 passengers from 50 flights, Trans Anguilla, 44 passengers from 14 flights and Air Anguilla, 12 passengers from 7 flights.

SCAPA reported a 16 percent increase in passengers arrivals in March, an 11 percent increase in flights inward and outward bound flights into the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3687&post200803=true