CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday May 10, 2017 – St Lucia has welcomed TUI Thomson into the island with weekly flights from London Gatwick.
And with the new 288-seater aircraft, projections from May to December are that TUI Thomson will provide about 9,000 additional seats, bringing the total number of seats from the UK to about 155,000—a six per cent increase over what was recorded for 2016.
“This addition of flight by TUI Thomson will help improve the number of UK arrivals to Saint Lucia, and by extension other holidaymakers from Europe,” Deepa Girdari from the Department of Tourism said.
“We’re optimistic that for 2017/2018 we will see significant growth,” added Deputy Chairperson of the St Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) Leathon Khan.
“I’m also told that this flight took in roughly 300 new passengers, and if we can sustain those numbers every week then we’re looking at over 15,000 new passengers to St Lucia over the next year. That, by any measure, is very significant, and is good news for our taxi drivers, hotels, and tour operators.”
St Lucia and Barbados are the only islands in the Eastern Caribbean currently hosting TUI Thomson flights.