Airlift frequency and capacity to the
Caribbean have increased in the past year, according to Hugh Riley,
the Caribbean Tourism Organization's director of marketing,
"The continued rise in
air service to and through the region reflects the airlines'
tremendous level of confidence in the Caribbean and its
attractiveness to vacationers," Riley said.
The increased service
between many Caribbean countries has made intra-Caribbean,
island-hopping travel a "lot easier for travelers by allowing them
to experience multiple destinations during a single trip to the
region," said Riley.
Here's a rundown of
" Air Jamaica will
offer four nonstops a week from New York's JFK Airport to St.
Lucia's Hewanorra Airport, continuing on to Barbados, effective
Jan. 11. The flights will operate Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and
" American Eagle will
add two daily flights between San Juan and Anguilla, effective Dec.
" Continental will add
a second weekly nonstop flight from Newark to Bonaire, effective
" Caribbean Airlines
is replacing BWIA on Jan. 1. Tickets purchased on BWIA will be
honored, and frequent-flyer miles in Club BWEE automatically will
" Delta will add a
daily nonstop from Atlanta to Santiago, Dominican Republic, as well
as a daily nonstop from JFK to Punta Cana and a one-stop from
Newark to Punta Cana (the stop is in Atlanta), effective Dec. 9. On
Dec. 15, Delta will add a daily nonstop from Atlanta to Puerto
Plata, Dominican Republic, and a weekly nonstop flight from Atlanta
to Martinique, effective Dec. 16.
" Northwest Airlines
will add a nonstop flight from Detroit to St. Thomas, effective
launched include daily flights on Air Montserrat between Montserrat
and Antigua; a daily nonstop flight from Antigua to Trinidad on
Caribbean Sun; and a third daily, roundtrip flight from Grenada to
Barbados on Caribbean Star. Caribbean Star also resumed daily
service between Trinidad and Guyana.
JetBlue now offers a
daily nonstop flight from JFK to Aruba, US Airways offers nonstop
service from Washington/Reagan National to Bermuda through March;
and WinAir added a fifth daily flight from Montserrat to
For more information,
contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].