CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas --- Trying to entice air traffic to
the U.S. Virgin Islands after raising airport landing and passenger
fees 25% Feb. 1, the Virgin Islands Port Authority governing board
voted to waive the fees through May for flights from the U.S.
mainland that serve St. Croix after first stopping in St. Thomas.
The only carrier providing such service is US Airways, which has
six flights a week from Philadelphia that land in St. Thomas and
continue on to St. Croix.
However, US Airways announced in May that it will discontinue
the St. Croix service Sept. 5.
American earlier discontinued its ground operations in both St.
Thomas and St. Croix and contracted out the work to its American
Eagle subsidiary. American Eagle also discontinued commuter flights
between the two islands, although service from San Juan to both St.
Thomas and St. Croix is still available.
The VIPA also will seek federal funding for a community air
service development program that will offer incentives to airlines
to service the destination.