GoCaribbean links big hubs with small islands

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Connecting from a Caribbean hub to smaller islands in the region will be a lot easier when US Airways' GoCaribbean marketing initiative debuts July 15.

Under a code-share agreement with Nevis Express, clients will be able to connect directly from US Airways' flights from mainland U.S. gateways arriving in San Juan to St. Kitts and Nevis.

Later this summer, Antigua-based Caribbean Star Airlines and St. Maarten-based Winair will join the GoCaribbean program.

Caribbean Star, Nevis Express and Winair will provide seamless access from US Airways' current flights arriving in Antigua, Barbados, San Juan and St. Maarten to 14 islands from Anguilla south to Tobago.

"This program will build on our Caribbean network and enable us to increase our flight frequencies to many destinations that we currently serve less than daily," said Douglas Leo, US Airways' vice president of international.

"This program means that we are able to add a significant number of new destinations to our overall network," Leo continued.

Short-stay trips and multi-destination vacations may burgeon as a result of the new GoCaribbean network, according to Leo.

The initiative includes affiliations with US Airways' Dividend Miles frequent traveler program and US Airways Vacations.

With the recent additions of St. Kitts, Providenciales in Turks & Caicos and Belize, US Airways has jet service to 19 Caribbean destinations. Grenada will join the network with the start of Saturday nonstop A319 service from Philadelphia Dec. 21. The arrangement is subject to Grenada government approval.

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