Major US air carrier steps up service to federation

Tourism Authority officials have informed the media that United Airlines is expanding its operations from the NewYork/Newark gateway (Liberty International Airport) from a seasonal service to an all year service starting November 19, 2016.

Commenting on this increase in airlift, Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant said, “I am very pleased that we will be receiving additional flights from United Airlines… The extension of United’s service will significantly increase capacity into the Federation from the New York metro area, a primary market for visitors to St. Kitts.”

The Saturday service will arrive in St. Kitts at 2 pm and depart at 6:20 pm., using the Boeing 737-800 aircraft capable of carrying up to 166 passengers.

Last December (2015) at the inaugural welcome ceremony, Minister Grant indicated that the United service was important because of developments taking place in the country.

He said, “The launch of this new service from United is very significant for St Kitts, particularly as many of our new hotel developments including Belle Mont Farm at Kittitian Hill, Park Hyatt St. Kitts at Christophe Harbour, Koi Resort & Residences and Embassy Suites by Hilton St Kitts are open or opening within the next few years.”

And Minister Mark Brantley, who is responsible for aviation for St Kitts and Nevis, and who is also the deputy premier of Nevis, said, “We welcome the United Airlines flight from Newark, as an integral component of our strategy to provide non-stop airlift from our key international gateways. Our visitor research and stakeholder input have indicated that New Jersey is a very strong market for the Federation and for Nevis, in particular.”

The enhanced service will compliment airlift provided by other airlines from the US, Canada and UK, resulting in greater convenience for travellers to and from St. Kitts and Nevis.

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