Cruisers up but air travellers down in St Kitts
Cruise arrivals are kept St Kitts’ tourism afloat as air travellers declined over the first quarter of the year.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Thursday September 26, 2011 - Almost a quarter of a million cruise passengers visited St Kitts in the first quarter of this year according to the St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Seaports Authority (SCASPA), marking a 10 percent increase in cruise passengers over the same period last year.
However, there was a near four percent decrease in air passenger arrivals compared to the same period last year.
According to SCASPA’s Statistics Department, 234,417 cruise passengers visited St. Kitts for the first three months of this year compared to 212,849 for the same period in 2010 and 182,508 for the same period in 2009.
Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Victory brought the largest number, 37,257 passengers from a total of 19 calls. This was followed by Celebrity Eclipse with 17,479 passengers from 7 calls; Azura with 15,634 passengers from 5 calls; Emerald Princess, 15,422 passengers from 6 calls; the Celebrity Summit with 14,685 passengers from 9 calls; Norwegian Dawn with 14,322 passengers from 8 calls; Carnival Miracle, 13,479 from 7 calls; Serenade of the Seas, 13,342 passengers from 9 calls and Grand Princess, 12,877 passengers from 6 calls.
SCASPA reports 33,332 passengers arrived at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport for the first quarter of this year compared to 34,708 passengers, a drop of 1,376 or a 3.96 percent decline.
Passengers leaving declined 1.49 percent for the first quarter this year, down 523, from 34,988 in 2010 to 34,465 in 2011.
American Airlines brought in the most passengers, 14,161 during the first three months of this year; followed by LIAT, 8,745; American Eagle, 2,811; British Airways, 2,198, Delta Airlines, 1,760 passengers; US Airways, 1,484 and Miami Air 1,374.
SCASPA also reports a 14 percent increase in cargo exports and a 22 percent decrease in cargo imports through the airport for the first quarter of this year. At the sea port, SCASPA reports an overall one percent increase in total imports and an 18 percent increase in exports.
Figures show a 45 percent increase in the importation of building materials for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. A 3 percent increase in refer cargo/frozen items, a 6% percent decline in cement imports; a 24 percent increase in fuel and oils; a five percent decrease in general cargo and a 39 percent decline in general cargo were recorded.
SCASPA’S Statistics Department reported a 13 percent increase in the export of alcohol and non-alcohol beverages; a 100 percent export of building materials and a 9 percent drop in the export of refer cargo/frozen items. Cargo for Nevis increased 167 percent from 155 tons for the first quarter of 2010 compared to 899 tonnes for the first quarter of this year.