BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Thursday December 24, 2015 – Airlift into St. Kitts and Nevis is expanding with another direct flight from North America into the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport.
United Airlines made its inaugural flight to St. Kitts and Nevis from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey last weekend, with about 150 passengers. The United Airlines 737 Dash 800 aircraft is scheduled to have its direct flight on Saturdays
Government officials, including Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant, Minister of Civil Aviation Mark Brantley and officials from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority were present to welcome the inaugural flight.
Prime Minister Harris said having another flight into the twin-island federation could not have come at a more opportune time, as the country is “on the move”.
“Our tourism plant is growing in leaps and bounds and our economy is enjoying very strong growth,” he said. “You have come when we are on the uptake and we are happy that you have come to partner with us. We hope that from here on we will only move from success to success.”
Minister Grant said that as St. Kitts and Nevis moves towards high-end tourism, it was significant that there were many first-class passengers on the United Airlines flight.
He added that St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to make provisions for tourists with a more discerning taste.
“We have Kittitian Hill, which is scheduled to have 81 rooms by the end of December. We have the Ocean Terrace Inn, which recently rebranded 51 rooms. We have the brand new Park Hyatt hotel coming to St. Kitts, the only Park Hyatt for the Caribbean, and we are exceptionally proud of that. We have the Embassy Suites by Hilton and so, over the next two years, the product that we will deliver to the tourism industry in St. Kitts and Nevis will be phenomenal,” Grant said.
Representative of United Airlines, Darrell Scott, who played a significant role in bringing the airline to the Caribbean nation, said the flight from St. Kitts will provide convenient connections to various destinations across the United States, including Washington D.C, Boston and Chicago.
He said St. Kitts “is a very welcomed addition to United’s route map and grows United’s Caribbean network to 19 destinations”.