On Saturday, April 6, Flight 855 took off from V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua for the enchanting island of Nevis. On board to inaugurate this first flight were a number of international and regional passengers, Nevis Premier and Minister of Finance, The Honourable Vance Amory, Tourism Minister The Honourable Malcolm Guishard, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA), Ms. Helen Kidd, Director General for Tourism in Antigua, Ms. Shirlene Nibbs, several guests, members of the media, Caribbean Star CEO and President, Paul Moreira and other Caribbean Star representatives.
The flight was the culmination of a Press Conference announcement made February 22 at the beautiful Blue Waters Resort in Antigua. At that press conference, Mr. Moreira, stated that he was very, proud to announce that come April 6th, Caribbean Star would be serving its fourteenth destination - the beautiful island of Nevis!
“We will start with one flight per week,” Moreira said, “however, that is only the start of a long and fruitful relationship whereby we will increase service, and our goal, of course, is to provide daily service between Antigua and Nevis.
That’s good news for international travellers, who can now make simple and convenient connections on Caribbean Star from Air Canada, US Air, American Airlines, Virgin, British Airways and Air Jamaica when that airline begins service in and out of Antigua this June.
Minister Guishard said he was excited because hoteliers in Nevis had come together and were using this event as a marketing tool in Europe to get persons interested in staying in one or more of their hotels and inns, to pay for their tickets through to Antigua, and get a free ride over to Nevis.
Director General for Tourism, Ms. Shirlene Nibbs, who also spoke at the press conference, said that “travel and tourism go hand in hand,” and that she had a special place in her heart for the island of Nevis (her second home) and for the people of Nevis.
She also stressed the need to recognize the Caribbean as a region that is truly beautiful, and reminded everyone in attendance that “we need to position ourselves on the world stage of tourism as the most attractive, safe, stress-free region there is to offer.”
Premier Amory welcomed the whole new “Attitude” and “Altitude” the airline has brought to intra-regional travel. “Tourism is critical to the survival of Nevis,” Amory said, “and Nevis has 40,000 visitors. We are not a cruise industry, but we have so much going for us.” So what does this small, but charming island have that makes it so attractive?
Everything from deep sea fishing, diving, sailing and kayaking, to horseracing, hiking and mountain biking. And Nevis also has beautiful white-sand beaches, historic churches and sites, plantation-style inns and the five-star Four Seasons Resort, featuring one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean! Visitors can take a tour of the island’s botanical garden, and enjoy a nature walk where there’s a chance they may come upon green vervet monkeys, beautiful butterflies and unusual trees.
Culturama, Nevis’ premier cultural festival celebrating the emancipation of slaves, takes place during the entire month of July and includes everything from street dancing and KAISO tents to youth and queen pageants, parades and lots of food and drink.
To kick off the once weekly flight to Nevis, Caribbean Star will offer an introductory return fare of $80US for a 7-day maximum stay. Service will begin initially, as pointed out, with one flight weekly on Saturdays at 4:00pm. Additionally, special Caribbean Star packages for stays ranging from two to seven nights, will be offered to Antiguan nationals.