Airlift to Aruba rises

Travel to Aruba has posted a marked increase this year and airlines are responding to the inflated demand with increased service. The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) reports travel from January through July up 3.66% from 2002, with an impressive 14.23% rise in year-to-date visitors from the U.S. for the months of June and July. Major U.S. airlines have stepped up service to the island å“where happiness lives” this Autumn and winter with brand new connections, additional non-stop service and more charter flights making getting to Aruba from both the East and West Coasts easier than ever.

The new air services include the following:

American Airlines
Debuting December 19, a first-ever non-stop flight daily from Los Angeles to San Juan (SJU) makes it quicker and easier to connect to Aruba from the Golden State. From SJU it’s just a short one-hour hop to Aruba on American Airlines/American Eagle.

U.S. Airways
Boston (BOS) and Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) travelers can enjoy a Valentine’s Day candlelight dinner on the beach with new service kicking off from these gateways on February 14, 2004. Non-stop Saturday service was added from BOS and a second non-stop flight to Aruba was added from CLT, both of which will operate year round.

United Airlines
Saturday service will be launching from Washington, D.C. (DCA) on December 20, 2003 through April 17, 2004.


Sun Country Airlines
Travelers from Minneapolis will be offered scheduled charter service every Saturday beginning January 24, 2004 through April 10, 2004.

Air Canada
Regular scheduled service kicks off November 1, 2003.

“We are thrilled that 2003 is proving to be a strong year for Aruba and are even more pleased that our airline partners have recognised the increased demand and stepped service,” said Minister of Tourism and Transportation Edison Briesen. “The additional service will make it faster and easier for loyal repeat guests and first-time Aruba travelers to visit us. Once again it seems that word of mouth from happy travelers is surely spreading and airlift is surely growing.”

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