InterCaribbean Airways commenced regular operations to St. Kitts and Nevis today, March 12. The flight touched down at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport at 12:41p.m., after a welcoming water arch was created, using the customary water cannons used for inaugural airline services.
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. the Hon. Terrance Drew, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Geoffery Hanley, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas and Minister of Tourism Hon. Marsha Henderson were among the welcoming party.
InterCaribbean Airways offers three flights a week out of St. Kitts, on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Turks and Caicos-based airline will use an Embraer-120 aircraft, that carries 30 passengers, for its services in and out of St. Kitts.
The airline currently offers connections to the Greater Antilles- the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico; and to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean- the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Guyana.
Minister of Tourism Hon. Marsha Henderson revealed that the commencement of the regular service by InterCaribbean Airways is part of her government’s overall strategy to increase airlift in and out of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Today is a big day for regional tourism. Today is also a big day for intra-regional travel. People are excited about this new service offering and the fact that flights are already registering as completely full is an indication of tremendous interest in our destination,” the Tourism Minister stated.
“It is hoped that the positive response to this new service would also warrant expansion of routes and the number of flights,” Minister Henderson added.
The new InterCaribbean Airways service comes at a time when focus is on finding ways to boost regional connectivity.