St. Lucia will have direct services from a major U.S. carrier out of Atlanta. Delta Airlines is scheduled to begin a new non-stop service to the island in April 2004.
Following a meeting with Delta officials held in September this year with discussions lead by the minister; another delegation from the St. Lucia Tourist Board comprising Chairman of the Board Desmond Skeete and Director Hilary Modeste accompanied by Allen Chastanet who provided technical support, met with senior management officials of the major U.S. carrier at their headquarters in Atlanta yesterday.
At the meeting the delegation discussed the proposed non-stop service to St. Lucia with Delta Airlines. This meeting saw the finalised draft agreement which is scheduled to be signed by both parties on December 8th. The proposed date for the commencement of the non-stop service to St. Lucia is April 4th 2004.
Minister of Tourism Hon. Phillip J Pierre is pleased with the new development, “With a major United States Airline like Delta agreeing to put on a non-stop service to St. Lucia, there are many benefits to be derived. This will add impetus to the island’s efforts to increase arrivals out of the U.S. market and initiatives to expand the reach of the island’s tourism product in that market. I must say that we are on target to achieving our goals in our major markets as this comes on the heels of a new charter service out of Manchester England which is now opening up a whole new area of the UK to St. Lucia. The fact that the island is able to attract increased airlift from its principal market means that we are on the right track to stabilising and maintaining a trend of positive growth in the tourism industry.”