Delta Air Lines will add a second daily flight June 8 between Atlanta and St. Thomas this summer, while the existing nonstop seasonal flight from New York to St. Thomas will continue through August.

The carrier also will offer Saturday service on the Atlanta-St. Croix route from April 6 to Aug. 24 before ramping up its schedule for the 2019-2020 winter season. The flight will operate daily from Dec. 19 to 31 and then go to three a week.

"We are steadily restoring confidence in our destination," said Joseph Boschulte, tourism commissioner designee.

"The Department of Tourism will leave no stone unturned to maintain and increase airlift to St. Thomas and St. Croix, especially as more accommodations come back on line," he said.

Boschulte reported that American is considering restoring the third daily Miami-St. Thomas flight and has expressed interest in a new flight from Dallas.

Two American flights between Miami and St. Croix and one of the two flights between Miami and St. Thomas, which were temporarily grounded when the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft was taken out of service, are back in operation. The flights now use 737-800 aircraft.

United will serve the Houston-St. Thomas market with weekly Saturday service beginning in May and then daily service from June 6 to Aug. 19.

On the regional front, talks are in the works with Liat to increase frequency or capacity on the Antigua-St. Thomas route, currently operating three times a week.

"Our work to encourage our airline partners to serve both St. Croix and St. Thomas is part of our overall marketing efforts," Boschulte said.

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