US Airways sets expansion of winter flights to St. Maarten


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- US Airways will increase its service to St. Maarten for the winter season.

Effective Nov. 12, the carrier will offer daily service from Philadelphia and weekend flights from Charlotte, N.C.

In addition, traveling between St. Maarten and neighboring islands will become easier later this year, thanks to the Caribbean Alliance between Winair (based in St. Maarten) and Liat (based in Antigua), announced in July.

The lines offer service between St. Maarten or Antigua and Anguilla, Dominica, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barts, St. Croix, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Tortola.

The alliance will streamline the fleets to offer expanded service between the French islands, St. Maarten, Antigua and the Dominican Republic.

One-way fares through Dec. 14 start at $30 from St. Maarten to Anguilla via Winair. Winair serves the islands with a selection of 39 daily flights.

To book, call Liat at (011) 599-54 54203 or Winair at (011) 599-54 54237. Winair can be booked through the major CRSs while Liat can be booked through Sabre.

A $5.4 million expansion program is under way at Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten.

Plans call for construction of an enlarged parking apron for aircraft, allowing for future growth in air arrivals to St. Maarten. The airport greets about 1.6 million guests annually.

A new VIP/Business Class Lounge should be completed this month.

Hotels around the island also are sprucing up.

Maho Beach Hotel & Casino, which reopens Oct. 1 as Maho Beach Resort & Casino after a year of renovations, has been repositioned as a four-star resort, according to a spokeswoman.

The resort upgraded the entrance with improved lighting and new furnishings, artwork and water features.

Improvements in the guest-rooms include new furniture, local artwork and large-screen televisions with satellite programming.

Also new are a spa and fitness facility, a discotheque and a showroom.

Maho Beach Resort & Casino
Phone: (011) 599-54 52115;
Caribbean Concepts at (800) 423-4433;
Utell at (800) 44-UTELL
CRS: All major systems via Utell's code

Pelican Resort Club time-share property has entered into an agreement with Royal Resorts for 60 new units, to bring the total room count to 402 studios and one- and two-bedroom suites.

The property pays 15% commission on nightly rentals.

Pelican Resort & Club
Phone: (011) 599-54 42503;
Caribbean Concepts at (800) 423-4433;
Condolink at (800) 733-4445

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