Caribbean welcomes 2007 flights boost

With the popularity of a Caribbean getaway increasing
among consumers each year, airlines have again facilitated travelers’ demands by
adding new flights and increasing the frequencies of existing schedules to the
region.By 2007, vacationers will be offered a wider variety of destinations as well as
flight times to choose from when planning their Caribbean getaways.  With increased
service between many Caribbean countries, intra-Caribbean travel or ‘island hopping’
is easier than ever for travelers allowing them to experience multiple destinations
during a single trip to the region.

“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,” said Hugh Riley, director of marketing for the Americas of the
Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).  “New and expanded air service is making it
extremely easy for travelers to experience the vast diversity of the Caribbean by
island hopping their way around the region,” he added.
New Services

Air Jamaica will increase flights to St. Lucia with continuing service to Barbados
effective Jan. 11, 2007.  Air Jamaica will provide non-stop flights from JFK
International Airport (NY) to Hewanorra International Airport (St. Lucia) four times
per week (every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).  Visit
or call 800-523-5585.

Air Transat (Charter) will begin weekly Sunday charter flights out of Toronto to St.
Lucia for the winter period starting on Dec 24. 2006. 
Air Transat will also launch one flight per week from Quebec, Calgary, Halifax and
Regina to Montego Bay, Jamaica starting Dec. 1, 2006.  For more information visit or call
American Airlines will increase service on Dec. 14, 2006 between Miami, FL and St.
Kitts from three to five roundtrip, non-stop flights.  The five flights will operate
through April 28, 2007 on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
schedule. Visit or
call 800-433-7300.

American Eagle will increase its service to Anguilla adding two daily flights
departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico starting Dec. 14, 2006.  Visit
or call 800-433-7300.
Canjet will fly from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica two times per week starting on
Dec. 25, 2006.  Visit or call


Continental Airlines will add a second weekly non-stop flight from Newark, NJ to
Bonaire starting Dec. 16, 2006.  Visit
or call 800-231-0856.

Caribbean Airlines, as of Jan. 1, 2007, will be replacing BWIA West Indies Airways,
which has served the Caribbean for 66 years. This change marks a new era in
Caribbean aviation. Caribbean Airlines will offer travelers a world-class,
financially strong carrier dedicated to bringing quality and efficiency.  The first
Caribbean Airlines flight will take off on Jan. 1, 2007 as well.
Tickets purchased on BWIA will be honored and frequent flyer miles in Club BWEE will
automatically be transferred. Destinations served are New York, Miami, Florida,
Toronto, London, Trinidad, Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname
and St. Maarten.  For more information go to
or call 868-627-2942.

Caribbean Star Airlines reinstated plans to offer new service to/from Trinidad and
Curacao.  The new service is on sale now for travel beginning Dec. 1, 2006 and will
operate daily.  Visit or call

Delta Air Lines plans to add a daily non-stop flight from Atlanta, GA to Santiago,
Dominican Republic as well as a daily non-stop and one-stop flight from New York
(JFK International Airport) to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (with the one-stop in
Atlanta, GA) starting Dec. 9, 2006.

On Dec. 9, 2006, Delta will also launch new non-stop service from Atlanta, GA to
Port of Spain, Trinidad.

On Dec. 13, 2006, Delta will add flights between its hub in Atlanta, GA and Pointe a
Pitre, Guadeloupe.

On Dec. 15, 2006, Delta will add a daily non-stop flight from Atlanta, GA to Puerto
Plata, Dominican Republic.

On Dec. 16, 2006, Delta is scheduled to offer non-stop service from Atlanta, GA to
Martinique every Saturday.
On Jan. 1, 2007, Delta will increase service from Atlanta, GA to Montego Bay,
Jamaica for a total of two daily flights.

On Feb. 17, 2007, Delta Airlines will launch new non-stop service from Atlanta,GA to