Jun 13 St. Kitts welcomes Air Canada expanded service Travel, come to St. Kitts, fly to St. Kitts, air travel, Air Canada, Toronto flights, Lindsay Grant, Canadian travelers



St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS - For the first time in the island's history, Air Canada will serve St. Kitts for a full six months for the 2018-2019 peak season. The non-stop Saturday flights from Toronto will operate from November 3, 2018 all the way through April 27, 2019.

"This is an unprecedented air service expansion by Air Canada that marks yet another historic first for St. Kitts," said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. "I could not be more pleased to welcome this additional flying, which expands the options for visitors and Diaspora from our key Canadian source market to get to island."

From November 3 through December 10, Air Canada will operate a 136-seat Airbus A319-100 Rouge aircraft with 124 economy class and 12 business class seats for the non-stop Saturday flights. From December 15, 2018 through April 27, 2019, Air Canada will operate a 200-seat Airbus A321-200 Rouge aircraft with 184 economy class and 16 business class seats for these flights.

"Air Canada's decision to expand service into St. Kitts is a testament to the strength of our growing tourism sector," said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. "As our airlift from North America expands to accommodate our recently announced new hotel developments and upgrades to existing hotel product which include all-inclusive options, Canadians now have a full range of vacation choices available. This is truly is a complement to our existing North American airlift and gives us significantly increased capacity for this season and beyond."

Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island's only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In previous years, the flight operated from late December through early April. With the expanded service, St. Kitts will receive an additional 6 weeks of non-stop flying that provides the potential for an increase in Canadian air passenger arrivals.

Source: https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/st-kitts-welcomes-air-canada-expanded-service


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/


May 07 Private Terminal Opens at St. Kitts Airport Yulounge, private jet terminal, private jets, St. Kitts, flights, travel



Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 7, 2014) - One of the key tourism projects announced previously by the St. Kitts & Nevis Government has opened its doors for business. The new Private Terminal with YU Lounge service has opened its doors as of Friday, May 2, 2014, and is now welcoming guests.

"With a number of strategic tourism-related capital projects underway, including the upcoming opening of the upscale Kittitian Hill Resort, this new Private Terminal at the RLB International Airport is debuting at the ideal time," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. "This facility now gives our twin-island destination a competitive edge in appealing to the discerning luxury market that requires the world-class, customer-centric service it provides. I am pleased that our visitors will now have the option for such a luxurious arrival and departure experience, almost as if their resort or villa accommodation experience has begun and ended at the Airport itself."

Located west of the main airport parking apron at The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Yu Lounge is designed to deliver a seamless and efficient fast-tracking service to individuals and small groups flying into St. Kitts either by private jet or by commercial flight. Specialized world-class services for private jet aircraft crew are also featured. The facility offers well-appointed full service arrival and departure lounges as well as a dedicated crew lounge and a comprehensive range of ground handling services for aircraft operators. The buildings, the interior furnishings, and landscaping were designed by Bobby Mukherji & Associates, recognized as one of India's top ten design firms, and constructed by Lennox Warner & Associates, a local St. Kitts general contractor.

The Private Terminal is the result of a joint-venture effort between the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, SCASPA (The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority) and the Veling Group, with full ownership to be transferred to SCASPA at the end of the concession contract period. Veling is an aviation company with activities in aircraft sales and leasing that is headquartered in Mauritius with offices in London and Dubai. For more information about Veling and the YU Lounge, visit www.veling.aero or www.yulounge.com.

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May 06 British Airways Announces Changes To Weekly Flights British Airways, St. Kitts, flights, schedule changes, Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Gatwick International Airport



British Airways changing schedule for St. Kitts flight

BASSETERRE (6th May, 2014): British Airways has announced that its twice weekly service into St. Kitts from London Gatwick will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays effective from 26th October, 2014.

Presently the full service global airline operates on Tuesdays and Saturday. The flights will still be tagged with Antigua, with the flight numbers remaining the same:

BA2157 - London Gatwick to St. Kitts
BA2256 - St. Kitts to London Gatwick

The flight times will also be consistent with normal winter arrival/departure time:

BA2157 - arrives at 16:35
BA2256 - departs at 18:05

Chief Executive Officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Racquel Brown, said Wednesday is a convenient mid-week day for leisure travel, which still provides a good variety of lengths of stay.

CEO Brown expressed her gratitude on British Airways' on-going commitment to the destination, while citing the special relationship already developed.

"We warmly thank British Airways for their ongoing support to St. Kitts. We have a very high regard for the team from British Airways. This solid partnership supports us in our efforts to increase tourist arrivals substantially from the UK and European markets and, more significantly, to help us maintain the upmarket quality of the St. Kitts brand image," CEO Brown said.

British Airways is the first British carrier to provide year-round scheduled airlift to St. Kitts. A three-class service is operated from London Gatwick, with a capacity of 102 Premium seats and 124 World Traveller seats.

Source: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4df19efdcfabf2e93c58266d7&id=14a60e3d34&e=b23507c34c


Jan 16 Seaborne Airlines Makes First Flights to St Kitts, Nevis St. Kitts travel, tourism, St. Kitts flights, Puerto Rico, Seaborne Airlines



Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines made its first-ever flight to St Kitts on Wednesday.

The flight, which departed from San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, continued after St Kitts to land at Nevis' Vance Amory International Airport.

Seaborne, which announced its move to Puerto Rico last month, is operating the service with 34-seat Saab aircraft with two pilots and a flight attendant.

The flights depart San Juan at 3:25 PM and arrive in St Kitts at 4:50, before departing for Nevis at 5:10 and arriving at 5:30.

The flight departs Nevis the following morning at 7 AM, arrives in St Kitts at 7:30 AM and returns to Puerto Rico at 7:50 AM.

The carrier is in the midst of a major expansion in the Caribbean, with four more 34-seat Saabs on the way this year.

Seaborne will receive an official welcome in St Kitts next week.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/01/16/seaborne-airlines-makes-first-flights-to-st-kitts-nevis/


Nov 08 Seaborne Airlines Introduces Service to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Continues Caribbean Fleet Growth St. Kitts, flights, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rober L. Bradshaw International Airport, Nevis, Vance Amory International Airport, Seaborne Airlines



ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Seaborne Airlines announced today that they will launch a new route between Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and St Kitt's Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), with continuous service to Nevis' Vance W. Amory International Airport (NEV), beginning Wednesday, January 15th, 2014. The flights will operate daily.

Seaborne will operate 34-seat Saab aircraft with two pilots, a flight attendant and the outstanding in-flight service Seaborne is known for. Whether for local Puerto Rican visitors or connecting customers from the states, Seaborne's schedule makes Caribbean travel easy.

Departing from SJU: 3:25 PM
Arriving SKB: 4:50
 
Departing from SKB: 5:10 PM
Arriving NEV 5:30 PM (Customers stay on the plane at SKB)
 
Departing from NEV: 7:00 AM
Arriving SKB: 7:20 AM (Customers stay on the plane at SKB)
 
Departing from SKB: 7:50 AM
Arriving SJU 9:00 AM

"The new Seaborne routes strengthen Puerto Rico's place as a Caribbean five-star destination, with excellent air access infrastructure and flight options ", stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. We are certain that the flights from St. Kitts and Nevis will make Puerto Rico even more attractive to residents and visitors of the Caribbean region by providing convenient options that fit their schedule and budget".

"Seaborne is building out an exciting new flight network between Puerto Rico and the neighboring islands," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of International Transport for the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. "This San Juan service will also add valuable capacity to the system of air bridges we have been developing between St. Kitts & Nevis and various international source markets."

"Nevis welcomes Seaborne Airlines to serve the needs of our visitors and local travellers alike.

San Juan-Nevis is a critical link between Nevis and the United States of America. The Government and people of Nevis look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Seaborne. This new service is excellent news for Nevis and demonstrates Seaborne's commitment to investing in and developing new markets", said Honorable Mark A.G. Brantley, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism for Nevis.

To commemorate the launch of Seaborne's fourteenth airport in the Caribbean, Seaborne is offering fares as low as $129 one-way, with taxes included for travel. Bookings must be made by December 15, 2013 for travel by March 31, 2014. Flights can be reserved via seaborneairlines.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity or through your local travel agency.

Seaborne also announced the addition of four more 34-seat Saab aircraft in the first half of 2014. "These planes will increase our Caribbean fleet to thirteen aircraft, providing travelers throughout the Caribbean with even more travel options and the service they deserve", said Gary Foss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaborne Airlines.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 20 years, carrying over two million customers safely. With over 1,800 monthly departures to fourteen airports planned by January, Seaborne serves San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Vieques, St. Thomas airport and seaplane bases, St. Croix airport and seaplane bases, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, La Romana, Dominican Republic in December and now St. Kitts and Nevis in January, 2014. All flights operate with two pilots and twin engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

Source: http://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Seaborne-Airlines-to-launch-San-Juan-St-Kitts-route/


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


Aug 08 American Airlines Expands Service to St. Kitts American Airlines, flights to St. Kitts, Miami, daily flights, St. Kitts, tourism, New York



The St. Kitts Tourism Authority today announces that American Airlines will add two more non-stop flights to St. Kitts from Miami and change the schedule for its non-stop flights to St. Kitts from New York JFK beginning Nov. 21, 2013, ideally timed for the peak winter travel season.

The two additional American flights from Miami will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays and will complement the Friday and Sunday flights from Miami that were added in November 2012. This expands American's Miami service to 11 flights weekly, including twice daily service for four days per week from Thursday through Sunday.

From JFK, the flights are now scheduled to depart on Wednesdays and Saturdays and overnight on St. Kitts to return the following days (Thursdays and Sundays). The timing of the JFK flight southbound also changes to an afternoon departure from JFK with a morning departure northbound the next day, allowing for a greater number of connections in New York.

"I am pleased that American Airlines continues to demonstrate confidence in the strength of the St. Kitts & Nevis tourism industry," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport. "The addition of two more flights from Miami is indicative of increasing demand for our tourism product. Further, the schedule shift for the JFK flight to a later departure time creates a significant increase in the number of available connections to our destination from the U.S. and other international gateways."

"Whether it's for world-class beaches or breathtaking landscapes, we are pleased to give visitors from around the world greater access to St. Kitts with American's increased service," said Art Torno, American's Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "With this new schedule, customers can enjoy even more convenient connections to the island from either New York JFK or Miami."

With the new flights, the southbound American flight AA1741 will depart Miami International Airport (MIA) at 4:45 p.m. and arrive at St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) at 8:35 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday. The northbound return flight AA1746 will depart St. Kitts at 8:40 a.m. and arrive at MIA at 11 a.m. every Friday through Monday.

The southbound American flight AA2051 will depart New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 4:30 p.m. and arrive into St. Kitts at 9:40 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday. The northbound return flight AA2052 will depart St. Kitts at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 1:25 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday. American now uses a Boeing 737-800 aircraft for all flights into St. Kitts. These two additional daily flights continue a series of service increases to St. Kitts by American Airlines over the past eight years.

American first started its Miami service to St. Kitts in December 2004 with three flights weekly, which grew to five flights weekly in 2006 and to daily flights in 2008. The Miami service increased to nine flights per week last year and just one year later, with these two additional Miami flights, to 11 flights per week. American has operated twice weekly service from JFK to St. Kitts since November 2007.

About St. Kitts:

St. Kitts is currently ranked at #2 in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations and #4 in a list of the 12 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named one of "5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now" by MSNBC. It was also named one of the "Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012" by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island's Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of "10 Great Places To Explore The World's Best-Kept Secrets" by USA Today. St. Kitts was also named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways.

Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination's natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island's stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the region's only scenic railway which connects the island's former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, ziplining, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts' exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island's sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/77278


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


Feb 13 St. Kitts hotels in air/land package sale with American Airlines from New York and Miami American Airlines, flights, specials, New York, JFK Airport, Miami, Miami International Airport, travel between March and June



American Airlines special from Miami or New York to St KittsBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 13TH 2013 (CUOPM) - American Airlines and several hotels on St. Kitts have launched an air/land package sale to the Caribbean destination.

A statement from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority on Wednesday said the Air/Land Package sale are on American Airlines' non-stop flights to St. Kitts's Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport from New York's JFK Airport and Florida's Miami International Airport.

"The timing of this package sale is ideal for driving traffic during the upcoming shoulder season and the inclusion of both gateways yields a wide base of potential travelers in two of St. Kitts' top US source markets for visitor arrivals," said Senator Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts' Minister of Tourism & International Transport.

The package must be booked in conjunction with a hotel stay at one of St. Kitts' participating hotels and is available from AA Vacations or via a preferred travel provider. The package must be booked by March 15, 2013 for travel between March 1 and June 13, 2013. A Sunday night stay is also required and the maximum length of stay is 30 days. Accommodations can be upgraded at an additional cost. Other restrictions, charges, taxes and fees may apply.

Participating hotels are: Bird Rock Beach Hotel, Sugar Bay Club Resort, Timothy Beach Resort, Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino, Ottley's Plantation Inn and Frigate Bay Resort.

American Airlines flies non-stop to St. Kitts from Miami daily with twice daily service on Fridays and Sundays. Flight AA2281 departs Miami at 11:20am and arrives into St. Kitts at 3:15pm and, on Fridays and Sundays, Flight AA1163 departs Miami at 4:45pm and arrives into St. Kitts at 8:40pm. Return flight AA814 departs St. Kitts at 3:20pm and arrives into Miami at 6:45pm and, on Fridays and Sundays, return flight AA1728 departs St. Kitts at 7:40am and arrives into Miami at 11:05am. The carrier also flies non-stop to St. Kitts from JFK on Wednesdays and Sundays, with flight AA2051 departing JFK at 7:50am and arriving into St. Kitts at 12:05pm, and return flight AA1990 departing St. Kitts at 1:10pm and arriving into JFK at 5:59pm. All flights are listed in local time.

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3528&post200803=true


Jan 12 Air Canada resumes scheduled seasonal service to St. Kitts from Toronto Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, flights to St. Kitts, Toronto, Canada, Caribbean, tourism, air travel



Air Canada resumes flights to St. KittsBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, January 9th, 2013 (CUOPM) - Air Canada has begun its second scheduled seasonal service into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

The weekly service started in 2012 for the peak winter 2011/2012 travel season which ends in April 2013.

The non-stop flight will operate from Toronto on Fridays and is the twin-island Federation's only non-stop commercial flight from Canada, effectively making St. Kitts and its sister island, Nevis, a more viable winter destination choice for travelers from this key North American market.

Air Canada flight AC1778 arrives at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport at 4:15 p.m. every Friday with the same-day return flight AC1779 leaving for Toronto at 5:15 p.m.

Air Canada uses an Airbus 319 aircraft with 108 Economy Class seats and 12 Business Class seats for this flight.

The Air Canada Vacations is very significant for St. Kitts and Nevis as Canada has always been a valuable source market for visitors and investors as well as home to a large contingent of nationals in that North American country.

Source: http://www.sknvibes.com/news/newsdetails.cfm/68186