With the arrival of the new year, airlines in North America and the Caribbean are readying to launch new service routes to and within the region, some being seasonal fixtures and others, year-round offerings.
In December United Airlines announced the addition of non-stop flights from Denver, Colorado, in the United States to Nassau, The Bahamas, beginning March 7, 2020.
Offered only on Saturday, the service begins with a departure from the Denver International Airport at 9:56 am for arrival in the capital of The Bahamas at 4:00 pm. On the same day, a 166-seat aircraft takes off from the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau at 11:37 am and lands in Denver at 2:43 pm.
Commenting on the new route to Nassau, The Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said, “We are thrilled that our partners at United Airlines are increasing service, giving Denver and surrounding-area residents a more accessible way of travelling to our beautiful country.”
Prior to that, Spirit Airlines will launch a second daily non-stop flight between Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 1, 2020.
The new service comes after the launch of the first non-stop trip between the airports on December 23, 2019, which was the same day Spirit debuted flights from Boston Logan International Airport to the island.
The company also revealed that it will add new routes from three other locations “to complement existing service to the Puerto Rican capital.
“Guests have even more options coming next summer when Spirit plans to continue its standard practice of adding additional seasonal flights to make sure plenty of seats are available,” the airlines also stated.
On February 21, Spirit will commence flights from Orlando International Airport, then, on March 1, the airline will debut its service between Philadelphia International Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In May Spirit will launch its service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the capital of the US overseas territory.
Speaking on behalf of Spirit, Vice-President of Network Planning John Kirby said the company is “thrilled to expand our Puerto Rico service portfolio with new destinations and non-stops to beautiful San Juan”.
In response, executive director of Puerto Rico Tourism Company Carla Campos said, “We appreciate Spirit Airlines’ commitment with the expansions of service in Puerto Rico with new daily flight routes from Newark and Boston.”
“Each destination will have 64,970 additional seats annually, which represents an economic impact of approximately [US]$25 million for Newark and [US]$28 million for Boston. We are confident that this increase in air capacity will continue to expand travel alternatives for thousands of passengers through the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport,” she added.
In Canada, Sunwing Vacations will introduce its seasonal flight between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Grand Cayman on February 2.
A Sunday-only service between the two locations, the service will terminate on May 3.
“Vacationers who take advantage of this new flight service can stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman…the only all-inclusive resort on the famous Seven Mile Beach. Guests can look forward to personalized service, convenient on-site dining and comfortable accommodation options with private balconies,” the travel planning company stated in a release.
Within the Caribbean, regional carrier interCaribbean Airways announced the launch of its service between Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands this month.
“Adding the Tortola to Punta Cana route connects Tortola to the Caribbean’s most served airport, connecting more of Europe, USA, Central and South America than any other airport in the region. Today Punta Cana represents approximately 67 per cent of all arrivals into the Dominican Republic,” the airline pointed out.
interCaribbean has been serving Tortola for the last four years, increasing its service to more cities and frequencies from the most important destinations to Tortola year-on-year.
According to the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board,”[We are] very pleased with the addition of Punta Cana to interCaribbean’s BVI schedule. We have been advocating and assiduously pushing for the addition of this flight for several years, given the substantial global air capacity into Punta Cana and the opportunity to develop this as another alternate route for getting to the BVI. We have great hope for the new opportunities that this brings to BVI as we open more gateways to our islands.”