ARLINGTON, Va., May 29, 2002—US Airways announced today that it will begin new nonstop services from Charlotte to the Caribbean destinations of Belize and Providenciales in November 2002, following approval of its applications for route authority by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Service between US Airways` Charlotte hub and Providenciales, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, will launch on November 2, and Charlotte-Belize flights will start one week later on November 9, both with four flights weekly using new Airbus A319 aircraft.
Providenciales flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, departing Charlotte at 10:50 a.m., and arriving at 1:35 p.m. Return service will depart Providenciales at 2:45 p.m., and will arrive in Charlotte at 5:35 p.m.
Service to Belize will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, departing Charlotte at 10:40 a.m., and arriving at 1:10 p.m. Belize-Charlotte flights will depart at 2 p.m., and will arrive at 6 p.m.
“The addition of Belize and Providenciales represents further significant expansion of US Airways` Caribbean network overall, and growth in service from Charlotte offering greater choice and flexibility for travelers originating and connecting through this key hub,” said Douglas Leo, US Airways` vice president of international.
The two new routes will increase service between Charlotte and the Caribbean to 13 jet destinations. Together with new weekly flights between Philadelphia and the island of St. Kitts, starting Dec. 7, 2002, US Airways will offer jet service to 19 Caribbean destinations. Additional Caribbean points are served by US Airways Express carriers from Florida.
Belize, situated on the east coast of Central America, is at the heart of the Caribbean basin, bordered by Mexico to the north, and Guatemala to the west and south. It is rated among the world`s top destinations for scuba-diving, with a barrier reef 185 miles long—the longest in the western hemisphere.
Providenciales is popular for its white sand beaches, sailing and scuba-diving. The island has a championship golf course and a selection of fine hotels.
US Airways currently serves the following Caribbean destinations: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida.